The Castle

A 'warts & all' account of the transformation of a run-down pub in Bradford-On-Avon into a 'proper' Inn (food pub with rooms). Written by Alex Reilley & Pierre Woodford

Saturday, March 17, 2007

End Of The First Week

Our builders have managed to get as far as possible with carefully lifting all of the boards up exposing the far from sturdy joists - some joists have been completely eaten away & in one of the rooms it's a miracle that no who was stood in the shower suddenly found themselves behind the bar! These will then need treatment for woodworm and also to be examined by the conservation officer in order for us to get permission to replace any of the old elm ones that are unusable. This could have taken a while but luck is on our side and we are informed on Friday that the officer can visit the site on Monday 19th March, we also need to run a few other things by the officer including the colour of our exterior wall, a small matter of having to replace an old lintel and a couple of other items that have cropped up over the past week. If all goes well we should be back on track at The Castle with the chippies and stone masons starting work mid week. We are hoping to use the elm and pine boards that we have taken from the first floor and utilise them in the rooms downstairs, they would add great character by being visible rather than being hidden under some carpet and more importantly save us a few quid in the process.


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