Here is the room empty. This room was also George Fraser’s study, so Mark will continue the academic tradition. The walls were lined with bookshelves with all sorts of labels.
Of the labels still remaining and readable: Tudor Poetry, Middle English, Old English, Shakespeare, Metaphysicals, Milton, 18th Century, 19th Century, Romantics, Scottish Poetry, Anthologies, Durrell, Pope, Japanese, English Language, Foreign Languages, Burns, Italian/German/Russ., Spanish/Latin American. I’m sure I remember a Yeats and a Wordsworth as well some time when looking through the house.
The first thing we did was rip up the old carpet, which I posted about here. The shelves weren’t of the best quality so we had to remove most of them as well.Carpet gone and red hearth tiles revealed.
Mark’s future study also has the worst leaks in the house. The first time it rained heavily we roamed the house searching for leaks. We were fully expecting them is this room as the ceiling was stained and sagging, verging on collapse.
The water drips out of the crack just a few centimetres from the electric wire. The issue is the dormer window in the room above. The lead work around the dormer needs to be repaired. This will stop the leaks and allow us to repair the ceiling.
The shelves on the other wall aren’t in bad condition, so we may keep them for now. The main issue is that if they stay I can’t strip the wallpaper on that wall. I could still paint it, plus when it’s full of books you won’t notice. The radiator is moving though, so there will be a big gap in the shelving.