We are pleased to report that work has now started on the hidden wall paintings on the second floor of Eastgate House. Sue Haydock called in at the house and found Rita and Georgie, two members of Tom Organ’s conservation team, painstakingly picking off layers of paint to slowly but surely reveal the design beneath.
It will be a long, tedious and costly task, but the 16th/17th century paintings are such a rarity that it will be worth all the hard work, and the expense in the end.
The Friends have ring-fenced £2,000 towards the work, and the Rochester Bridge Trust has also pledged £2,000 of which we are very grateful for. If you visit the house during the week you will be able to see the craftsmen and women at work. A perspex panel has been fitted into the temporary walling sectioning off the area of wall being worked on so that you can see what is going on and mark progress.
Watch this space for a photograph in due course.
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