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Scaffolding to go up at Corfe Castle for two months of maintenance
SCAFFOLDING will be put up at medieval Corfe Castle, to enable a two-month planned maintenance project to be carried out.
A full team of conservation specialists will be working on the fabric of the ancient castle, in particular the first, third and fourth towers in the outer bailey.
Work on the north tower in the west bailey and the south west gatehouse will also be carried out.
Visitor experience officer Pam White said: “The whole operation is delicate and a very skilled job.
“Apart from modern health and safety and plastic buckets, the conservators work very much as medieval builders would have done when they built or repaired the castle.”
Indeed, the last major conservation works at the castle, from 2006-9, were recognised by the Royal Ins-titute of Chartered Surveyors, who awarded the project for its use of traditional materials and techniques.
Skilled workers will be checking for loose stonework or mortar, removing veget-ation which can damage the walls and carrying out repairs where necessary.
The National Trust, which looks after the iconic castle, insists any original masonry which is removed as part of the process will be replaced in exactly the same place.
The castle will remain open to the public throughout the maintenance programme, which is scheduled to end on December 23. However, there will be no public access to the third, fourth and north towers for most of the period.
Work has been scheduled for weekdays to minimise its impact on visitors, and no project vehicles will enter the castle during opening times.
National Trust spokesman John Bish said: “Like other medieval monuments, Corfe Castle needs regular conservation to preserve its fabric from the elements.”
Information about the conservation work will be displayed in the castle.
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