Appeals: Lauderdale House Society

The Long Gallery at Lauderdale House, Highgate, north London, in its present state, and an architect's section showing the proposed restoration of the gallery's south wall. The Lauderdale House Society, founded in 1977 to restore the building after fire damage in the 1960s, is appealing for pounds 142,000 to return the gallery to its probable appearance in the early 17th century. The house will host a wide range of activities, including concerts, exhibitions and receptions.

The original timber frame of Lauderdale House dates from around 1580. It was acquired by John Maitland, second Earl, and first Duke, of Lauderdale, in 1645, and it is thought that the Long Gallery dates from this period. The house was taken over in 1889 by the London County Council, and used as accommodation for park-keepers until fire gutted the building in 1963, when the Greater London Council replaced the roof and left the interior untouched. Repair work so far has led to the ground floor of the building, and various offices and exhibition spaces, being reopened to the public. The main staircase has been restored and the lantern above the staircase, a cupola decorated with plasterwork, has been completely reconstructed.

The plans for the restoration of the Long Gallery's ceiling are based on a 17th-century ceiling at Cromwell House, also in Highgate, and incorporate the coats of arms of four Lord Mayors of London associated with the house. The Tudor brickwork and timber will remain exposed on the north wall, and the rest will be panelled. The creation of a separate room at the east end of the gallery, connected by large double doors, will provide storage space and a venue for small receptions. Its ceiling will be constructed using a square panel of plasterwork taken from a house in Leadenhall Street, London, surrounded by decorated plaster panels. Most of the work on this room will be undertaken by students of the Restoration Department of Vauxhall College, which will keep costs down and provide valuable experience for the students.

For further information, contact: The Co-ordinator, Lauderdale House Society, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG, telephone 081-348 8716 or 081-341 2032.

(Photograph and graphic omitted)

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Compensation and Benefits Manager - Brentwood - Circa £60,000

£60000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Compensation and Benefits Manager - Compensat...

Finance Manager - Recruitment Business (Media & Entertainment)

£28000 - £35000 per annum + negotiable: Sauce Recruitment: We have an exciting...

HR Advisor - North London / North West London

£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Advisor - North London...

Finance Manager - Recruitment Business (Media & Entertainment)

£28000 - £32000 per annum + negotiable: Sauce Recruitment: We have an exciting...

Day In a Page

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker