Conservation of a Tudor frieze was an important part of the refurbishment work on The Pilton Story base in Pilton Church Hall. This involved repair of damaged timbers behind the frieze above the window by Pilton carpenter Andy Kilby and careful removal of centuries of paint by conservator Richard Jaeschke (photo left). This painstaking work revealed a delicate stylised grape and leaf pattern (photo below). We are awaiting an expert opinion on the likely date and who might have created it for the 16th Century merchant thought to have lived in the building.
Pilton Church Hall has a lot of similar frieze downstairs and it is hoped that this will also be conserved when funds are available.