Refurbishment of historic bridge and moat
Headstone Manor in Harrow is a Grade 1 Listed Building built around 1310. In 1986 it became the home of Harrow Museum and since 2004 has been undergoing extensive restoration.
The Moat surrounding Headstone Manor is the only surviving filled moat in Middlesex. As part of the restoration programme, the moat and access bridge have undergone extensive refurbishment.
In order to undertake the refurbishment, the moat first had to be dammed, pumped out and years of accumulated debris removed. Since this included a quantity of old bricks believed to be from an earlier structure these were removed carefully by hand and stock piled to enable them to be assessed for their historic and architectural value.
Repairs involved repairs to the intrados barrel and pier foundations, the bridge spandrels and retaining walls, placing service ducts and channels, casting a new deck slab, resurfacing the bridge and installing new timber parapets and access gates, undertaken by Topbond's in-house joinery division, Howard Joinery.
The 'before and after' photos show just what a transformation has been achieved and has been much admired by older residents in the area who were saddened to see the decline of Headstone Manor and who are now delighted to see it restored to its former glory.
This project was shortlisted for a ICE's Historic Bridges Award.