Case Studies Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle

Winchcombe - Gloucestershire (Wood-boring Insect Treatment)

One contract that we were elated to have been invited to carried out was that at, Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire in February 2014.

The grounds lay claim to over a millennia of history and the Grade I listed castle itself has woven an important role in the bloody and ever changing times of England’s past.

Sudeley has been passed through many royal houses since the 12th century, it gave refuge to Charles I as a royalist headquarters during the English civil war and it remains the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within the grounds, Katherine Parr, the last and surviving wife of King Henry VIII – who lived and died in the castle.

When we were contacted, work was underway to make repairs in the roof in the North, East and West wings of the castle and there had been the discovery of wood-boring insect damage in the trusses, rafters and ridge.

We conducted a survey to inspect the roofing timbers and found an active infestation of Anobium Punctatum, the common furniture beetle and historic damage from Lyctus Brunneus and Xestobium Rufovillosum.

Besides the instructions for the damaged timber to be replaced we carried out our water-based insecticide treatment to the ridge, trusses and rafters, in the three wings comprising the original structure that surrounds the courtyard.

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