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Surrey Heritage Awards celebrate the best conservation and restoration projects

PUBLISHED: 16:48 28 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:47 29 March 2017

Before and after shots of (clockwise from top left) The Old Barn Motorhouse; Home of Compassion; Undershaw; Hope Mausoleum; and (centre) St Marthas Priory

Before and after shots of (clockwise from top left) The Old Barn Motorhouse; Home of Compassion; Undershaw; Hope Mausoleum; and (centre) St Marthas Priory

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Organised by Surrey Historic Buildings Trust, the inaugural Surrey Heritage Awards this spring will celebrate the best examples of conservation and restoration across our county. Here, we zone in on the shortlist.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2017

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The Old Barn Motorhouse, Epsom

Originally a barn, this building in Epsom, dates from 1770 and is unusual in Surrey in having a pantile roof. After being used for general storage for many years it has now been converted into a garage for a collection of historic vehicles. The conversion has been carried out sympathetically and rebuilding and repointing has been kept to a minimum, with care taken to retain the patina of age, such as the slight irregularities of the roof.

St Martha’s Priory, Chilworth

St Martha’s Priory, in Chilworth is a 1930s’ timber-framed Arts and Crafts house. It is a very fine example of the Surrey vernacular style but had been vacant for over 10 years and neglected. Now, with new owners, the challenge was to extend the house without detracting in any way from the original character of the building or disturbing the views from the North Downs Way and the medieval St Martha’s Church.

Mullins Court, Dorking

This building at 58-60 West Street, Dorking, was originally three of a terrace of four timber-framed houses dating from c1589. In the 17th century an impressive brick front was added. The building has been used as an antique shop but has now been converted back to three houses above ground-floor shops. The project has included repairing the timber frame and rebuilding chimneys using the original bricks. Great attention has been paid to using traditional materials.

Home of Compassion, Thames Ditton

This 18th century mansion was built circa 1786 in the Strawberry Hill Gothic style for the Hon Charlotte Boyle Walsingham and incorporated a library designed and decorated by the owner and her daughter. In 1905, the house was acquired by a community of Anglican nuns who renamed it the Home of Compassion and built the priory and chapel. It is now a nursing home but was unoccupied between 2008 and 2016, during which time theft and vandalism took their toll and extensive repair became necessary. The project has included the complete restoration of the library and its original panelling.

Hope Mausoleum, Dorking

This Greek Revival mausoleum in Dorking was built in 1818 for Thomas Hope, writer, art connoisseur and promoter of the neo-classical style. Following repeated vandalism, it was sealed up and buried in 1958. The project has restored the building, using the same materials and techniques that were used originally, and the newly-restored mausoleum is now open to the public on the Deepdene Trail.

Undershaw, Hindhead

The home of Sherlock Holmes author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, between 1897 and 1907, Undershaw was commissioned as the family home because he believed the clean air of Hindhead would help his wife recover from tuberculosis. It was subsequently converted into a hotel but became derelict after the hotel closed in 2004. It is now owned by an educational foundation and has been repaired and restored to its original form.

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• Don’t miss next month’s edition of Surrey Life to find out the overall winner.

• For further information or to join the Friends of Surrey Historic Buildings visit surreyhistoricbuildings.org.uk or email friends@surreyhistoricbuildings.org.uk.

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