Grove Cottage Hampshire

Project Summary Messenger was invited to attend site following the collapse of a well at the insured property. Investigations proved the collapse was due to the existing well and the surrounding substrata becoming overwhelmed due to recent heavy rainfall. Messenger was instructed to make safe the hole and to divert the existing stormwater away from […]

Staffordshire team sent to Coventry

Ahead of Coventry being crowned the UK City of Culture 2021, Historic Coventry Trust instructed our Staffordshire team to set upon transforming the cities historic city gates into unique visitor accommodation.

Derailed, yet delightful…

A redundant British Rail 12 tonne wagon found in burnt out condition, saw one of our specialist teams travel to Wales to fix a brand new standing seam zinc roof.

Every cloud has a silver lining

Following his redundancy from the National Trust, Messenger is excited to announce that Fred Markland has joined the team.

Jon Castleman talks all things lead

Jon made the lead inner casket for the remains of King Richard III, found buried under a car park (the site of a former chapel) in Leicester in 2012, he was also tasked with welding it shut.

Nottingham Castle

Situated on a high rock, Nottingham Castle commands spectacular views over the city. In the Middle Ages, it was a major royal fortress and occasional royal residence. The Duke of Newcastle built a mansion on the site after it had been largely demolished in 1649. Today, the castle is open as an art gallery and […]

All about Sophie

Sophie is one of our lovely and very knowledgeable conservation assistants here at Messenger. Below she talks about her “not so straightforward” route into conservation, what a day at Messenger looks like and updates us on one of her current project at Oxburgh Hall.

Hidden Treasures of a Tudor House

Messenger are nearing the half-way mark on a two-year project to complete the restoration of the roofs, chimneys and dormer windows of the property. When the work commenced, archaeologists did not expect to uncover one of the largest underfloor archaeology hauls of its type in a National Trust house.

The Umbrello Suffolk

The Umbrello is a Grade II* listed folly in the centre of a private estate in Suffolk. This beautifully elegant structure is built entirely from Coade stone, a fired material known for its strength and resilience. Coade stone is incredibly valuable and this is possibly the largest known structure of its kind. Project Summary The […]

Packhorse Bridge Walsingham

This 18th century bridge sits within the extensive grounds of the Walsingham Estate, crossing the River Stiffkey. It is thought that the bridge may be older and moved to its current position from a more southerly point when the river was dammed to create an ornamental lake. Project Summary Messenger was employed to restore and […]