Their variety is astonishing. There is a thirteenth-century timber-framed hall-house in Suffolk and a small corner building, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, in Perthshire. In Lincolnshire, there is a House of Correction built in the severest classical style, and at Gibside in Tyne and Wear the Trust owns a Banqueting house with the most fanciful Gothick silhouette. The Trust takes infinite care in restoring its buildings and, wherever appropriate, uses tradi-r tional materials and building methods. At The Library, an early-eighteenth-centurv garden , building near Great Torrington in Devon, a new cornice was carved by a local craftsman from 170 , feet of yellow pine. The exterior walls of Gurney Street Manor, near Cannington in Somerset, have , been rendered with lime plaster, worked to a thinness equal to that achieved by medieval workmen. However, the Trust is just as careful not to over-restore, which would result in what Sir John describes as, a building which has lost all feeling, and which looks as miserable as a 1 small boy cleaned up by a tough mother.’ After the builders have completed their job, the furnishing team is set to work under the direction of Lady Smith.
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