Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum
Arlington, near Barnstaple, Devon
At its centre stands the intimate and intriguing home of Miss Rosalie Chichester, who lived here for 84 years until 1949.
Crowded with treasures amassed from her travels, the house contains model ships, tapestry, pewter and shells.
This quiet and intriguing house required careful repairs on site to its existing four-meter high window shutters and their fitting to the existing fabric of the building.
The shutters pivots and housings having worn over the years were in danger of failing and causing the large shutters to fall onto the valuable artefacts and any persons inside the rooms.
MBL was commissioned to design and manufacture a unique pivot system to retain the shutters securely within their existing location and repair the damaged joinery of the existing shutters and shutter box housings.
Having surveyed the site and designed the replacement pivot system MBL received approval to proceed and a team of engineers was despatched to site. The shutters were removed and repaired one at a time and individually manufactured replacement pivot sets installed. The shutters were re-hung as pairs to ensure correct alignment.
With the shutters securely in place and operating safely and correctly, we were able to complete the commission by repairing the timber shutter boxes as required.