The Oratory House Birmingham

The Oratory, located in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham, was founded in 1849 by St John Henry Newman. The living quarters of the community is called the Oratory House and served as Newman’s home from 1852 – 1890, apart from four years that he spent in Ireland. Project Summary Messenger was awarded the contract to […]

Western Suite Stowe House

Stowe School is a selective independent school in Stowe, Buckinghamshire. It was opened on 11th May 1923. Originally for boys only, the school is now coeducational, with some 550 boys and 220 girls. Along with many of the other buildings on the school’s estate, the main house is now a Grade I Listed Building. Project […]

Oxburgh Hall Norfolk

Despite being built during the Wars of the Roses, Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk was never intended to be a castle but a family home. Completed in 1482 for Sir Edmund Bedingfeld, the family has lived here ever since and continues to call it home today. Project Summary Extensive roof repairs and stabilization are underway, following […]

Beverley Minster

For over 1300 years there has been a Christian community on the site of Beverley Minster. The first community was founded by John, Bishop of York – the future Saint John of Beverley. Later, a Norman church was built on the site followed by the present Gothic church which evolved through the three main Gothic […]

Palladian House Suffolk

This property is an incredible Grade II* listed Palladian house in Suffolk, based on a design by renowned architect Robert Adam in the 18th century. The building is particularly significant as it contains many Coade stone decorations. The stone is a highly durable and highly valuable material, akin to types of ceramics. Project Summary Messenger […]

Elizabethan House Plymouth

The house was built just before 1600, home to merchants and businessmen who wanted to work and sleep by the bustling harbour. In the Victorian period, the property housed up to 58 people at a time before being rescued from demolition and opened as a historic house museum in 1930. Project Summary Messenger was awarded […]

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 […]

Ickworth House Suffolk

Ickworth House with its classical Rotunda, East and West Wings forms the centrepiece of the Ickworth estate. It reflects its former owners, the Hervey Family’s tenacious spirit and has been preserved by the custodianship and influence of unconventional men and women over successive generations. Project Summary Ickworth is embarking on a major conservation project to […]

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 […]

Darwin College Cambridge

The Old Granary is a Grade II listed building, with its main entrance on Silver Street and an internal entrance from the College garden. The building has extraordinary character: built in the early nineteenth century, it was remodelled from its beginnings as a functional granary, becoming residential accommodation at the end of that century.  It […]