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Ecclesiastical and the Landmark Trust - Protecting the irreplaceable

Ecclesiastical and The Landmark Trust move a step closer to saving at risk Grade II* building


We are delighted to be supporting the Landmark Trust in their mission to save the irreplaceable Grade II* listed, Cobham Dairy in Kent.  

Once a stunning piece of architecture, Cobham Dairy sits within the beautifully landscaped grounds of Cobham Hall Independent School. It was built in the 18th century by James Wyatt for the Countess of Darnley and is unusual because of its purpose. Though many buildings were designed and built for men, Cobham Dairy is significant because it was a hub for women. In the hot summer months, this retreat stood as a cooler environment where ladies of the time could complete tasks such as making butter and cream.

Now with its gothic arched windows boarded up, graffiti on the walls and collapsing vaulted ceiling, it’s a piece of history in dire need of preservation. In its current state of disrepair, the Dairy is one of England’s most important “at risk” buildings.

This year, the Landmark Trust has made plans to restore the Dairy to its former glory. In addition to the £950,000 needed to carry out repairs, a selection of specialist skills and craftspeople will be required to complete the works and fully restore the building's original features.

At Ecclesiastical, we believe in protecting the irreplaceable, and the restoration of heritage buildings celebrates and supports these otherwise dying crafts. We are therefore proud to have donated £200,000 in matched funding to help restore this building. 

This takes the fundraising result to a total of £800,000, with £150,000 left to raise. In May, Mark Hews (CEO of Ecclesiastical Insurance) visited the Dairy and met with Anna Keay, Director and Alastair Dick-Cleland, Conservation Manager of the Landmark Trust.

The film below provides a fascinating insight into the Dairy’s history and how it will look once restoration is complete. Works are expected to commence this autumn.

More than an expert insurer

For our customers, Ecclesiastical is even more than an expert insurer. We like to invest in long-term relationships and give back to the communities in which we do our business. Sometimes, rescuing a heritage building can take decades of commitment. 

We were the first insurer to offer bespoke heritage and listed building insurance and we insure more Grade I listed buildings than anyone else. We insure all types of heritage, listed and period properties including churches, cathedrals, palaces, museums, galleries and stately homes.

We also have a dedicated team of art specialists who can provide specialist insurance for art, antiques and collections.

The Landmark Trust
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