What We Do
The Friends of Ickenham Hall raise money for work on Ickenham Hall. We also decide on work priorities, organise and oversee working projects.
After many years of on-going fund rasing and grants, we have finally managed to complete the exterior painting and restoration of the windows of Ickenham Hall.
We now are looking towards the future and start to look at what is required to be done inside the building. There are plans to re-floor one of the front rooms of the Hall. The list of other projects we could do are enormous, and so in-time we shall work towards refubishing or restoring, where possible, the inside of the building.
Other Recent work includes:
Over the past few months the Friends of Ickenham Hall have had one room re-decorated, and more of the outside windows and doors re-painted. This work also included the guttering and porch area of the kitchen that overlooks the car-park.
The Friends have also given the rooms of Ickenham Hall new plaques that represent what the room would have been used for in its former life when the Hall was actually lived in. This includes the Dining Room, Drawing Room, the Morning Room to name a few. This also lead nicely into being able to produce a self-guided tour with leaflets giving a short description about each room. Soon we shall up-load this self guided tour to the website so that you can download and read it at your leisure.
An original Delft tile fireplace in the Oak Room was in need of repair work including tile replacement. The surviving tiles are originals dating from 1740. We negotiated with the factory to replicate the original designs - which included several different human figures in various costumes. The result is a magnificent and beautiful fireplace.
A second fireplace in the lower hallway has also been repaired and re-tiled.
Restored Front Door
The front door has been fully repaired and painted in its original bottle green, a new solid oak threshold has been installed, the cast iron letterbox has been thoroughly cleaned and the brass bell push re-polished.
Georgian Garden, Front
These consist of a walled garden with lawns and surrounding borders, two narrow borders outside the front wall and two rectangular plots to one side of the wall. These have been dug over and planted with over 730 plants the Georgians would have known and used.
The patch of land at the back of Ickenham Hall has recently been taken over by the Friends, and is tended during the Spring and Summer. Recent events raised money to plant bulbs in this area.
The repair and restoration of the nine front windows.
Windows, Carpark Side
The repair and restoration of the Kitchen, 360YT office and Pantry Windows.
Windows, Top Floor
The repair and restoration of the high level bay window of the 'Long Room' and all the attic windows.
Second Floor Windows
The repair and restoration of the second floor windows around the side and the back of Ickenham Hall including the Crosier Room bay window, the Hilliard Room windows and the Lawrence Room window.
Ongoing and Future Projects
Eventually appropriate gates for the walled garden.
The funds for most of the work carried out so far come from two main sources - fund raising events and grants.
We have been very fortunate in obtaining a grant towards the cost of the garden restoration. This was from the Heathrow Project in conjunction with Groundwork Thames Valley. We have also obtained a substantial grant from the London Borough of Hillingdon towards the cost of the front door and windows.
We raise funds from a continuous book sale in the foyer of the Compass Theatre and from a series of special events including Murder Mystery evenings in the theatre.