Repair Work at New Place and Nash’s House

Press note – repair work at New Place and Nash’s House

11 February 2014

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will be undertaking urgent repair work next month at New Place and Nash’s House after the recent spate of wet weather has caused water to pour through the gable end overlooking New Place. The record wet weather has taken its toll on the house and now the building requires essential conservation work, including structural repairs, if it is to remain open to the public.

Julie Crawshaw, New Place Project Manager, said, “Although we are drawing up plans for important conservation work to the house in the next couple of years, the weather has brought the need for necessary repairs forward. The terrible recent weather has led to serious problems for Nash’s House which has meant some of the upstairs rooms have had to be closed to visitors.

“We are currently in discussion with English Heritage and the Conservation Officer at Stratford District Council about long term plans, but the wettest winter in 248 years means work is necessary immediately.  Staff and volunteers have been coping really well in the difficult circumstances. We will need to erect scaffolding to repair the wall, but we do plan to try and work around the lovely climbing rose ‘Mermaid’ on that wall if at all possible.”


Notes to editors:
Press release date: 11 February 2014. For more information please contact Press and Public Affairs Officer Nurinder Mantell or call 01789 207132.

Pic cap: Mop at the ready,  Anais Vanian-Cooper, New Place and Nash’s House Manager at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust prepares for the wet weather. 

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon, and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times all over the world. The charity runs formal and informal educational programmes for people of all ages. It holds the world’s largest Shakespeare-related museum and archives open free to the public, a collection which is designated as being of international importance. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust receives no regulargovernment funding public subsidy or direct government funding; it depends on income generated through the support of visitors, donors, volunteers and Friends.