Yesterday was an exciting day at Bradwell Abbey in Milton Keynes, following the official unveiling of a medieval stone carving which has been discovered within the west gable of the farmhouse during conservation works, for which GSSArchitecture are working as Architects.
The Mayor of Milton Keynes, Sam Crooks, officially unveiled the artefact alongside Cabinet Member responsible for Cultural Heritage Councillor, Jenny Marklew. In addition to the impressive stone carving, various Medieval Wall Paintings have also been uncovered on the site.
The carved stone dates back to the 12th century, and is thought to depict Eleanor of Aquitaine, who was one of the most powerful and influential figures in the Middle Ages.
GSSArchitecture have been appointed as Conservation Architects at Bradwell Abbey, and are currently working on a site wide refurbishment scheme, which comprises emergency structural repairs to the Grade II listed farmhouse and repairs to the Grade I listed Chapel. Internal and external fabric repairs to the farmhouse will follow. Due to the nature of the works, and with Bradwell Abbey being a Scheduled Ancient Monument, GSS Partner and Heritage Lead, William Assheton, has worked collaboratively with the Project Team, Historic England, Archaeologists and Ecologists to ensure the repairs are completed sympathetically and utilising methods and materials used at the time of original construction.
The farmhouse emergency repairs and the Chapel refurbishment are due to complete within the next few weeks. The farmhouse refurbishment works are due to complete in autumn 2020.