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Mildenhall Warren Lodge is restored with local wood

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Restoration work to put a new roof on one of two remaining warren lodges has been completed, ensuring its survival for future generations.

Mildenhall Warren Lodge is one of the last structures remaining used in the warrening industry, which saw rabbits farmed on the Brecks for their meat and fur.

Anne Mason, chairman of the Friends of Thetford Forest, said: “I think it looks absolutely stunning it’s so appropriate for its setting.

“It’s a building that’s really dear to my heart – it’s the first project I became involved in when I joined The Friends of Thetford Forest in 1998 and to know we have probably saved it for the next 600 years is amazing.”

The lodge, which would have been home to a warrener, had been placed on the ‘heritage at risk’ register due to damage to its flintwork.

The Friends of Thetford Forest raised £81,600 from English Heritage, The Forestry Commission and Forest Heath District Council to complete the work.

John Ette, English Heritage’s principal adviser for heritage at risk in the East of England ,said: “English Heritage is delighted to have been able to help support the conservation of the Mildenhall Warren Lodge in partnership with Friends of Thetford Forest and the Forestry Commission.

“The repairs, including construction of the new roof, will help secure the long term future of this important building and allow it to be removed from the heritage at risk register.”

The new roof will protect the lodge from harsh winter weather that has previously caused damage.

The roof was modelled on a photograph from the 1930s, which showed a previous roof thought to have been dismantled by thieves in the 1950s.

Its replacement is a similar design constructed using Douglas fir from Forestry Commission woods in Norfolk.

During a Heritage Open Day in September, visitors to the lodge selected the colour of tiles that would be used to complete the new roof.

 

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