Once a building of grandeur and influence, Big House is now a carcass. But digging deep into the archives, the property’s historical and architectural roots, gives an insight into the wealth and power of an empire built on one of the country’s most precious commodities – coal. And it provides an intriguing tale about the dirty tricks of political corruption.
Why did this house fall into rack and ruin? Can it ever be returned to its former glory and who can tell what it looked like in its heyday?
Owner, Alun, has lived in this part of the world all his life and dreamed of owning Big House ever since he was a small boy. Almost 10 years ago, he bought it. He’s got a big job on his hands. Progress has been painfully slow but his aim it to turn Big House into a home.
Crumbling, ancient houses are brought back to life by passionate owners as they restore and convert them into striking 21st century homes, unravelling the properties’ extraordinary past lives through their architectural and social history.
Grand Designs meets Who Do You Think You Are? Presented by Caroline Quentin, Restoration Home follows private owners of crumbling historic buildings as they save them from ruin and restore them into wonderful 21st century homes. With the help of architectural expert, Kieran Long, and social historian, Dr. Kate Williams, Restoration Home turns detective to unravel the properties’ astonishing lives. As the new owners transform the buildings into their homes, the family trees of these crumbling ruins start to emerge. Tales of Kings and Queens, murder, civil unrest, moments that shocked and shaped Britain are revealed as these buildings are brought back to life.
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