Walled Garden - Pavilion Tops-Out!

Walled Garden - Pavilion Tops-Out!

We recently had the pleasure of marking the topping out of the new flagship Walled Garden Pavilion.  In doing this we elected to mark it with two very different traditions.



After some discussion and research into the tradition of topping out we elected to perform two very different traditions. The first involved the placement of a childs shoe in the walls of the building. From what we can establish this now largely forgotten tradition of placing items in the walls of buildings dates back to the Middle Ages and is thought to bring happiness and vitality to the occupants. Various items have been found in historic houses, with over 50% being a single childs shoe. There are some wonderful finds and information on the Deliberately Concealed Garments website, see http://www.concealedgarments.org

However, we also needed some way to mark reaching this milestone on the building project. In many places this involves raising an ever green tree to the highest point. We fancied something a little different which also had a heritage connection. After a little research we discovered a Dutch tradition called 'pannenbier' or '(roof) tile beer'. In essence a flag is raised by the client (us!) and only lowered by the contractor upon receiving a pint of ale ('pannenbier'). As the mansion was once owned by a brewer we felt this was a good heritage link and had a supply of Budding Ale from Stroud Brewery to mark the occasion.

The event was a great success and as shown in the photograph everyone was in good spirits and once again the Walled Garden provided that perfect backdrop.

The photograph shows (l-r) Matthew Austin, Architect, David Austin and Associates; Professor Stephen Owen, Chair, Gloucestershire Environmental Trust; Keith Broadhurst, Quantity Surveyor, Broadhursts Chartered Quantity Surveyors.

The Topping Out Press Release can be read here http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk/news-article/42

For more on the Walled Garden plan visit: http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk/walled-garden-project/

More information about the Friends of the Museum can be found here: http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk/friends-of-the-museum/



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15.06.2017 Walled Garden - Blooming!
29.03.2017 Walled Garden - Springing into Life
10.10.2016 Walled Garden - Now Open!
16.09.2016 Walled Garden - Secrets to be revealed
06.08.2016 Walled Garden: More Sneak Peaks
17.06.2016 Walled Garden - Bad at keeping secrets!
03.05.2016 Walled Garden - News from behind the walls
29.01.2016 Walled Garden: Rain, rain go away, come back...
30.11.2015 Walled Garden - Growing
22.09.2015 Walled Garden - The Wombles would love it!
17.08.2015 Walled Garden - Entranceway build starts
06.07.2015 Walled Garden - remains on track
30.03.2015 Walled Garden - Awards and Inspiration
13.02.2015 Walled Garden - major milestone reached
09.12.2014 Walled Garden - A Critical Path
08.11.2014 Walled Garden - Taken a Peek Recently?
10.10.2014 Walled Garden - the colour palette
11.09.2014 Walled Garden - When will it be finished?
10.08.2014 Walled Garden - Pavilion Tops-Out!
08.07.2014 Walled Garden - The structure rises!
10.06.2014 Walled Garden - A Happy Place!
06.05.2014 Walled Garden - building work to start
17.04.2014 Walled Garden - Volunteers need your vote...
02.04.2014 Walled Garden - Let's Celebrate!
14.03.2014 Walled Garden - The first public 'drop in' event held
09.02.2014 Walled Garden - A dedicated education building for the Garden
06.01.2014 Walled Garden - from dereliction to life
15.11.2013 Walled Garden - the essentials...
30.09.2013 Walled Garden - latest from the ground
25.08.2013 Walled Garden - ACE activities

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