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Pandemic puts hold on plans to further stabilize Rosewell

Nearly three centuries after Rosewell first became part of the Gloucester landscape, the burned-out mansion’s skeletonized but still-majestic remains continue to stand, and the Rosewell Foundation is working to ensure that those ruins are preserved for future generations.

Elizabeth Judd, Executive Director of the foundation, said that the pandemic has put a temporary hold on efforts to further stabilize the structure, but once travel restrictions are lifted, an expert in the conservation of historic masonry will come to Gloucester from the United Kingdom to begin the work of restoring the Flemish bond brickwork between the remaining sections of the exterior wall, up to the level of the water mark at the bottom of the first-floor windows.

The goal, said Judd, is to eventually have a structure that’s safe enough to allow the public to actually walk inside the ruins, to explore the wine cellar, and to gain an appreciation of the size and scale of the original home. The work is bein...

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