Prescot THI Blog

Project Complete - 44 Eccleston Street

Hello,

A quick update on a milestone of the THI – the sixth grant-aided building project has completed: 44 Eccleston Street.

I wrote a bit about the building’s history in a previous blog post, and this blog post is concerned about the works themselves – before during and after.
The THI-funded works were repair and restoration, but it was still a pretty hefty list:

  • Reinstating a brick chimney
  • Complete re-roofing in slate
  • Re-lining all of the stone gutters in lead
  • Lifting off the stone gutter to the front, and cleaning it
  • Carefully cleaning and taking the brickwork of the front wall down before rebuilding it in order to correct structural problems
  • Replacing modern doors and windows with traditional ones
  • Replacing the modern shopfront with one that matches a very good surviving historic photo of the building.
  • Other minor structural repairs

The work finished this week after starting at the end of October. A new tenant will move into the building shortly.

Bigger, clearer versions of the photos in the blog (plus many more not in the blog) can be found on the THI’s Flickr pages.

Top photo: 44 Eccleston Street in 2016, shortly before works began. The brickwork was bulging outwards despite the old wall ties that were installed to rein the wall in. The wall bulging and slumping caused the stone gutter to leak into the wall rather than drain properly, leading to damp. The shopfront appears to the a 1970s insertion. Lower photo: the same building following the THI-funded works. The brickwork of the upper floor has been rebuilt and the stone gutters re-set so they drain properly. All of the joinery is brand new.

This set of three images is from top to bottom: the shopfront in 1903, the shopfront in 2016 and the shopfront in 2017. You can see we have based the shopfront restoration on the 1903 restoration – minus the big sign that sat on top of the shopfront!

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