Stydd Hall, Ashbourne

Project completed: 2017
English Heritage and Historic England grant funded Architect: E.B. McEvedy Historic Building Consultants

The Brief

Substantial repairs to a Grade II* listed dwelling (Stydd Hall was a monastery of the military orders of knights, Templars and knights hospitalliers) which were undertaken in three stages whilst the clients were in residence. Phase 1: re-roof and high-level joinery and masonry repairs. Phase 2: repairs to the tower, including lead and masonry works. Phase 3: timber restoration and additional masonry works to the external historic fabric.


Historic England showcased the works and it was covered by BBC News.

Comments from the contractor

One of the biggest challenges we faced on this project was repairing the central spinal wall. We had to support the roof with steel structural props, whilst undertaking the extensive repair work and maintaining structural stability. This was an extremely delicate operation. We constructed a temporary roof system to protect the building from the elements and also to protect the three generations of family still in residence during the works. Despite the additional works we completed the project on time and within budget and I’m pleased to say that Stydd Hall has now been removed from the Heritage ‘at risk’ register

Alan Staley

Comments from the architect

ASBC have shown a clear understanding of traditional buildings skills and a sensitivity to the repair of historic fabric. I have found that they are conscientious and work well with clients. ASBC were able to produce documentation in a format that allowed grants to be claimed in a straight forward and timely fashion

Eleanor McEvedy


Some images from the renevation work we undertook.