On Wednesday 21 September B3Living unveiled its conservation work at the former Pulham & Son factory site in Broxbourne at a special event at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire.
Waddesdon Manor Gardens contain extensive Pulhamite stone features and a range of garden ornaments, and hosted this event to Celebrate Pulhams work here and in gardens across the UK. Three members of the B3Living Asset Management team, Russell Purvis, Matthew Norton and Carl Oakley, presented their findings about restoring the Pulham factory site adjacent to Broxbourne train station in Hertfordshire.
The team was also accompanied by Claude Hitching, a leading expert on Pulham stone, and Valerie Christman, who is a member of the Pulham family.
The conservation of the Pulhams factory site has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of a joint heritage project with Broxbourne Council’s Lowewood Museum. Work began in July by restoration specialists, Szerelmey. Extensive work took place to restore the rotting timber frames and corroded iron work from the puddling mill, as well as removing debris and replacing damaged brick work from the brick kiln. The conservation was completed in early September.
A feature garden is to be created around the site, with all works to finish in spring next year to coincide with a special exhibition At Lowewood Museum, ‘Romance in Stone - The Pulham Legacy’. Permanent interpretation boards will also be installed in the new garden space telling the Pulham story.
B3Living’s Project Manager, Matthew Norton, who has been overseeing the maintenance said: “This project has been unlike any other I have ever been involved in and I feel privileged to have learnt so much about the history of the Pulham family and their unique industrial methods of days gone by. It’s great that The Heritage Lottery Fund can make these important conservation projects possible”
The history of the Pulhams of Broxbourne will be showcased in an exhibition at Lowewood Museum, Hoddesdon. Romance in Stone – The Pulham Legacy will be on show at the Museum from 14 January – 29 April 2017 and will feature some of their key works, including the Preston Vase.
The exhibition will also feature virtual tours of some of their gardens, including Waddestone Manor. A number of events are also on offer including a free stone carving taster workshops at Lowewood Museum on 22 October 2016, and a Pulham Conference at the Spotlight theatre on 9 March 2017. To find out more contact Lowewood Museum on 01992 445596 or visit www.broxbourne.gov.uk/leisure .