Wow, what a transformation! Over the last few weeks, momentous changes have taken place inside and outside the Town Hall, with the most noticeable being the removal of the scaffolding.
Two of our photographers, Linda and Paul, had the opportunity to pop inside late last week, and here is what they captured! Lucky pair!
These pictures of the ground floor, show the painstaking process of relaying the flagstone floor… the archaeologists drew an amazing plan of the stones, as they were taken up last year and the ones that were good enough to be salvaged have been brought back and are being laid down in the same place that they have been since 1883! The stones vary in thickness, adding extra complications for the tram relaying the slabs. The lime base underneath can only be a certain thickness, so the thinner slabs are having other tiles laid underneath them to ensure the floor is flush once finished. Some of the old stones were too badly damaged, so new stones from a carefully selected quarry are being laid in their place, the finished floor will be incredible, what a work of art!
The mass of wires and pipes you can see, pop up in the middle of the floor and are the services for the new servery which will be there. Much better to have them in place before the patchwork of tiles were laid on top! You can also see that the southern most windows have been turned into doors, ready to be another way into the building. The doors you can see are just temporary, to keep the building as secure and as weather proof as possible!
The first floor is looking remarkable, with the civic hall really taking shape. The oak panelling which has been cleaned and restored immaculately is looking fantastic, with more work still to take place. The first floor storage has been built and is awaiting the final touches like doors to complete it! The ceiling has been restored and the light fittings replaced. These light fittings were given to the Town Hall in the mid 1990s by 37th Lord of Brackley, Dr H.J. Apel, so they have their own story to tell. Throughout all the restoration work, the old office wallpaper can still be seen in the new kitchen space and the red and white paneling in the door through to the staircase is still there, at the moment!
Here is a selection of the stained glass windows in situ, looking glorious in the sunshine! I can’t pick a favourite!
The attic is looking incredible now the plasterboard has been placed between the timbers and the timbers have been fireproofed and stained. Linda said she felt like she was standing in a building in Stratford-Upon-Avon when she took the pictures. What an amazing space. The floor reaches the sides of the building now, so you can walk right up to the windows, which makes the space feel much bigger than it ever did before. The window at the south still offers some of the best views in Brackley!
Linda and Paul also took the opportunity to take some photos of the outside of the building, now we can see more of it. The stone work is looking beautiful, with so much work taken to restore, repair or replace every single stone!
I cant wait to see what happens next!