Wymering Manor trustees stay positive amid decay discovery

BUSY Jennifer Pearce as Mrs Richard Ford who lived at Wymering Manor from 1881 to 1900, pictured at an open day and fundraising fete in May last year. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131229-1)
BUSY Jennifer Pearce as Mrs Richard Ford who lived at Wymering Manor from 1881 to 1900, pictured at an open day and fundraising fete in May last year. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131229-1)

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TRUSTEES of Wymering Manor say the future is bright despite the recent discovery of decay.

Trustees of the manor, in Old Wymering Lane, discovered death watch beetle in the building.

Wymering Manor

Wymering Manor

This means that new wooden structures will have to be installed before the building can become a community hub.

But despite the discovery, the trustees are confident and trustee Andy Mason said they were aware of the task before them.

Mr Mason said: ‘We knew there were problems when we purchased the building and we always knew it was going to be hard work.

‘We’re realists and knew it would cost money and time to get it ready to be used again.

‘Finding the four structural beams has set us back a little bit but finding the problem this early has helped with future plans.

‘We can now work them in with the second phase of the building work.

‘To be forewarned is to be forearmed.’

The trust enlisted help from the University of Portsmouth for the survey that discovered the beetles.

More students will be welcomed back next month to take a look at the building.

Around 60 Students from the historical building conservation course, interior design and other degrees will be getting involved with the manor.

Mr Mason added: ‘It’s important that we get the students involved and give the chance to look around the building.

‘We were very keen to have them come along and it’s a wonderful experience and project for them to work on.’

When building work starts on the Victorian side of the manor, help will be enlisted from construction students from Highbury College.

Wymering Manor Trust received £50,000 of funding from the Peoples Millions to restore the Victorian side.

The decayed structures and the Tudor side of the manor will be reconstructed in the second phase.