Court House, Cowgrove
Court House Cowgrove Vandalised
There are two schools of thought in the world of restoration: One states that you should put buildings back to how you think they were at some period in the past, the other that you should simply repair what is there, and let the building move on. Neither argument gives enough weight to aesthetic criteria or to the emotional impact buildings in my opinion.
Clearly when it came to the Court House in Cowgrove, Wimborne someone in the National Trust did the research and decided that originally it would have been lime washed all over.
Apparently, the original owners would have wanted to give the impression that it was stone-built, and would have been ashamed of the timber-framing. No doubt, if pebble-dashing had been available at the time they would have used that instead.
Well Iʼm sorry, but just because the original owners were pretentious it does not excuse "stone cladding" an ancient building like this. Exterior oak looks best untreated, and black and white cottages, rank alongside old ladies cycling to church, warm beer and cricket on the village green in the English psyche.
However it is possible to see what Court House might look like had it not been vandalised, through the magic of Photoshop.