The original library in Woodstock is now privately owned and stands opposite Blenheim Palace. Due to its heritage and preservation order, any changes to the property need to be approved by the local Council.
The plastic guttering situated on the front of the property needed to be replaced as it was leaking and the owner felt that it was time to respect the building’s heritage and restore the property to its former glory. This meant replacing the plastic guttering with a more traditional alternative that was in keeping with the building’s original architecture. The owner approached traditional cast iron rainwater supplier, Tuscan Foundry Products, for a sustainable and architecturally sensitive solution and a profiled ogee cast gutter and rectangular downpipes were recommended.
Since Victorian times cast iron guttering has been the preferred option when installing guttering systems on period properties as it remains faithful to original designs. Cast iron is also a cost-effective product to choose as it has a lifespan of over 100 years and requires minimal maintenance.
Tuscan Foundry supplied the owner with a moulded ogee cast iron guttering, bespoke hopper heads and rectangular downpipes which he then installed himself. The owner chose a ‘regal’ lions head embellishment for his bespoke hopper heads and painted the rainwater system in a bespoke colour to add a decadent finish to the project.