History

Insight: Decoration and Styles of the 17th century

The 1600s included the deeply carved wood and strongly modelled silver of the Jacobean period.

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Georgian Staircase Circa 1730 – Restoration of Stair Treads

See how Vincent Reed and his team restore and reinstate a this beautiful Georgian staircase.

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Repairing a stair tread

A stimulated demonstration on how you would repair a warn stair tread.

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Airlock in the King’s Drawing Room

Vincent demonstrates how the airlock to the King's drawing room is constructed and works.

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Vincent Reed Groombridge Place Restoration BBC South East Today

News coverage on Vincent Reed's highly skilled restoration of Groombridge Place, a project commissioned by English Heritage.

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Titanic office doors

New Lease of Life for Doors of Historic Titanic Offices in Southampton

A brief summary goes here

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Witches marks part two

Insight: Witches Marks: Part Two

The second part of our Witches blog will be looking at buildings around the country that have identified...

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Witches marks part two

Insight: Witches Marks: Part One

Witches marks, also known as Apotropaic Marks (Greek apotrepein "to warn off" from apo- "away" and trepein "to turn") or...

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Insight: The History of Wooden Panelling Part 1

Tudor, Elizabethan and Jacobean panelling The Tudor period can be seen as a turning point in British domestic...

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Titanic Southampton office

Latest News: Canute Chambers : Titanic’s Southampton Office

A recent enquiry in Southampton turned out to be an interesting historic visit when we were asked to...

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Evolution of the saw

Insight: Evolution of the Saw

Prior to the invention of the sawmill, boards were rived (split) and planed, or more often sawn by two...

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Britains love affiar with the oak

Insight: Britain’s Love Affair With Oak

The ancient oak forests of old England hold a special place in British hearts. The Christmas Yule Log was...

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The wild boy of Hanover

Insight: Introducing Peter the Wild Boy of Hanover

Peter the Wild Boy featured in William Kent's' vivid recreation of George I’s court painted on the walls of The King's Staircase at Kensington Palace.

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The First Hanoverian

Insight: King George I – the first Hanoverian

George I is the king responsible for refurbishing the Palace to its current standards, which included the introduction of the Cupola Room and the King’s Drawing Room.

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Kensington palace commission

Latest News: Kensington Palace Commission

I am delighted that Kensington Palace has invited me to carry out renovations of the oak panelling and flooring in the Cupola Room and the King’s Drawing Room.

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Did you know?

A fascinating bit of 350 year old history from where the term 'top dog' and 'under dog' originate.

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