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Cronkhill, Atcham, Shropshire

Roman Cement Render retained
Cronkhill before

Statutory Listing - Grade I

Cronkhill was built in 1802 and is a Regency Italianate House, designed by John Nash, with the older farmhouse on the site retained as the service wing. Its historic importance is as the first Italianate villa and the progenitor of much C19 house building, and also its place in the Picturesque movement, showing influence from the paintings of Claude Lorraine and Nicolas Poussin.

Three phases of work have been carried out. The first was to the service wing, which included repairs to sash and casement windows and to the timber frame of the original house.

Phases two and three concentrated on the Italianate villa. Repairs were carried out to the Roman Cement render using a natural cement. This included re-running lengths of cornice and arches to the veranda.

The modern plastic paint was removed, and the render was repainted to the original colour scheme following detailed paint and colour analysis.

Client - The National Trust

Structural Engineer - Frank W Hayward & Associates

Paint Analysis - James Finnley

Main Contractor - Croft Building & Conservation Ltd