The Magazine Leicester

Originally the main gate of the Newarke religious quarters, the Magazine was later used as munition storage during the English civil war, acquiring its current title ‘The Magazine’. In 1894, The Drill Hall was added onto the west elevation, and it was used as a military building until the hall was demolished in the 1960s. […]

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 […]

Elvaston Castle Coach House Derbyshire

Managed by Derbyshire County Council, Elvaston Castle is a Grade II* listed country house. It forms the centrepiece of a 350 acre estate that also includes 16 Grade II buildings and a Grade II* registered Park and Garden. Project Summary Messenger was awarded the contract for stripping and overhauling the existing Westmoreland slate roofs, including […]

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 […]

Castle Acre Priory Norfolk

Founded by the Warenne family soon after the Norman Conquest, for almost 450 years Castle Acre Priory in Norfolk was the home and workplace of monks and their servants, a refuge for pilgrims, and a stopping point for royalty, clergy and nobility. It was also part of a vast monastic network centred on the great […]