The latest news from the scaffold….

Building work has been progressing well and if you climb up the vieiwng tower and look down on the site you can really appreciate how much the builders have been up to;

The new Bauder roof membrane
The laying of the Bauder membrane is continuing and a large part of the vertical sections of the south wing have now been covered. The occasional whiff of hot bitumen is created by the hot torching method used to lay the system.

Rebuilding of masonry has started – mainly out of sight on the east side of the castle to date, sections of walling are being rebuilt following the completion of sections of the Bauder membrane.

Pointing is almost complete on the east side of the south wing and also on the south elevation. It is also well advanced on the west side.
• The lantern light over the staircase is now well advanced  the windows mullions and transoms are being reassembled and a crane will be on site to return the large lintels.

If you would like to find out more come and visit us on Wednesday 29 October for Meet the Builders day, there will be demonstrations and activities as well as behind the scenes tours (restrictions apply, £2 per person).



First World War Centenary

Monday 4 August 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1. In 1914, before hostilities commenced, government propaganda of all combatant nations ensured their citizens were convinced of the justness of their respective causes. The patriotic enthusiasm for the conflict thus engendered on all sides ensured hundreds of thousands of volunteers joined up immediately. The euphoria was soon subdued by exposure to shelling and machine guns and a German soldier perfectly articulated the realities of war in a diary entry of 28 September 1914.
“We are so benumbed that we march off to war without tears and without terror and yet we all know we are on our way into the jaws of Hell. But clad in a stiff uniform, a heart does not beat as it wants to. We aren’t ourselves. We’re hardly human any longer, at most we are well drilled automatons who perform every action without any great reflection. O Lord God, if only we could become human again”.
Over the next four years the author and 16.5 million others, including Adrian Drewe and several of the pre-war Drogo workforce, perished and would never ‘become human again’.
We should remember them.

Adrian Drewe
With the centenary of the First World War approaching on Monday it seems only fitting for us to retell our own story. Adrian Drewe was studying for medical research work at St Barts when war broke out, in October 1914 he received a commission in the R.G.A (Royal Garrison Artillery) and went off to the front with his battery in the spring of 1915 and saw much active service. The RGA looked after the heavier guns normally positioned some way behind the front lines.
On 22 May 1916 Adrian Drewe and Jane Facey married in Southborne. His brother Cedric is thought to have been the best man.

Between March and July 1917 Adrian was promoted to major.
Adrian Drewe was killed on 12 July 1917, in the days leading up to 12 July at Vlamertinghe the WAR DIARY of 262 Siege Battery RGA records;
From 8-11 July over 923 rounds were fired by the Allies onto the enemy lines. Sadly the war diary records on 12 July “6 shells fell in centre section. One hit B.C post killing Major A Drewe.”
Vlamertinghe was during the greater part of the war just outside the normal range of enemy shell fire, and was used both by Artillery units and by field ambulances.
14 months after Adrian’s death Jane married again to Mr Edmund Dawson, a great friend of Adrian’s and had 4 children.