Welcome

Thank you for looking at Douglas Kent Heritage.

This website is about my experiences renovating 25-27 Church Street, Saffron Walden – an enchanting and much-cherished Grade I-listed historic house in Essex that forms part of the old Sun Inn and displays some of the best pargeting (external decorative plasterwork) in England.

On these pages you can discover more about the house and current award-winning work to it, find out when you can visit by appointment, and learn of wider issues and campaigns in the field of building conservation.

Douglas Kent

Tours and events

Come and see behind the famous pargeted façade of 25-27 Church Street. You’ll find extensive surviving medieval fabric and an unmodernised interior featuring, among much else, a painted Tudor overmantel, early Victorian wallpaper and chalk-floored cellars. The current renovation work provides added interest – not too unlike visiting a patient undressed on an operating table!

Tours are available by prior appointment on the days below. They include an introductory talk on the building, its history and the current work by owner Douglas Kent, the Technical and Research Director at the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Each tour lasts approximately one-and-a-half hours and includes tea, coffee, homemade cakes and biscuits. Additionally, private or group tours can be arranged by contacting info@douglaskentheritage.co.uk .

The tours attract a wide range of people but appeal particularly to those with an interest in the informed and sensitive renovation of old buildings. Whether you are a local resident, tourist who plans to visit Saffron Walden or someone simply enthusiastic about our heritage, I hope very much that you will come and explore 25-27 Church Street.

Invitation to View Tours:

  • Monday 18th May 2020 at 11.00am
  • Friday 12th June 2020 at 2.30pm
  • Friday 3rd July 2020 at 2.30pm
  • Monday 27th July 2020 at 2.30pm

Please book Invitation to View Tours via:

https://www.historichouses.org/houses/house-listing/25-27-church-street.html

Historic House Tours:

  • Saturday 2nd May 2020 at 11.00am, 2.30pm and 4.30pm
  • Saturday 27th June 2020 at 11.00am, 2.30pm and 4.30pm
  • Saturday 26th September 2020 at 11.00am, 2.30pm and 4.30pm

Please book Historic House Tours via Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre (01799 524002)

Talks:

Hallowtide Talk and Tea:
With a focus on ‘Protecting Buildings from Evil: Past Beliefs, Customs and Symbolism’:

  • Thursday 29th October 2020 at 4.00pm

Please book this talk via:

https://www.historichouses.org/houses/house-listing/25-27-church-street.html