The main issues of condition affecting the future conservation of the lodge at present are the result of vandalism in recent months. Leadwork flashing has been stripped from the valleys and some of the chimney stacks, while ridge tiles to one central area of the roof were badly damaged by walking across the roof at the time of the theft.
This damage left the building temporarily exposed to water ingress, although it has been patched up and made generally water proof again (with temporary repairs). There may be small areas of damage to ceilings from more historic water ingress problems.
The windows were badly physically damaged as a result of vandalism, with the fine glazing bars and glass panes suffering the most damage. The windows have been completely boarded up to prevent further damage, water ingress etc.
Apart from the effects of the vandalism, the building is generally in good condition.
The roof slating appears to be modern fibre cement fixed over a sarking felt membrane fixed to battens. The slates are also secured with proprietary slate hooks.
Recent lead theft from the valleys and chimneys resulted in large areas of slate breakage. This has been made good temporarily by a combination of mineral felt coverings to valleys, new slate and PVC sheeting. It appears to be weathering the building in the interim. However, reslating would be urgently required to prevent further damage to historic fabric.
A number of rooms are affected by the water ingress. Damp patches are apparent in the first floor rooms and water streaking is visible on walls in ground floor dormitory rooms assumed caused by the loss of lead flashings from around chimneys.
Despite the water ingress the roof timbers appear to be in good condition. The roof timbers have been replaced in the past possibly when the roof covering was replaced with fibre cement slate. The timbers are configured in a collar roof arrangement. The collar tie is connected to the rafters at wall plate level and runs through forming a connection to the wall plate. It is assumed the rafters extend beyond the wall plate forming the large eaves overhang. All roof timbers appear to be sound.
The original ceilings which are lath and plaster are intact and were retained during reroofing. They are suspended by hangers to the roof collars. They also appear to be in good condition.
Rainwater goods consist of half - round cast iron gutters and circular downpipes. They are in poor condition with many sections missing or rusting.
The building’s eaves are a prominent decorative feature of the building and consist of large overhangs over the central section and curved end bay. These are articulated with cast iron columns resting on limestone chamfered plinth stones and carry a decorative iron lattice beam supporting the eaves. The eaves fascias are timber and are in poor condition in places where leaking and missing roof guttering has caused timber decay. The eaves soffits are lath and plaster with a simple run cornice to the edges. Sections of these soffits are in poor condition with loss of lath and plaster work.
The remainder of the building doesn’t have an overhang and is articulated with projecting limestone eaves stones in good condition.
External walls are constructed of random rubble and finished externally with a lime harling. The walls are generally sound save for some areas where the harling has weathered back revealing the stone construction behind. Internal plaster finishes are generally good.
The existing multi-pane windows are finely crafted with cusped trefoil heads in the Gothic-revival style and contribute significantly to the character of the building. They are set out as multi-pane vertical sliding sashes with original glass retained in putty rebates. The windows have been vandalised but substantial elements remain to warrant a faithful restoration.
Floors are suspended timber with an exposed floor board finish. It is assumed floor joists are carried on dwarf walls. All appear solid and in good condition. No opening up or inspection of cavities or concealed spaces took place.