My wall has been condemned.
In any battle to preserve the old, there will be casualties.
I love this old door frame. I refused to part with it, so Trevor hand built this door to fit the aperture in 2017. It is, at least, fixed to the similarly aged wooden floor in the tulip room. Probably 18th century. We think it was the doorway at the top of the old stairs that we believe were once here to access the loft.
The rogue wall around it is not fixed to anything, not even the ceiling. We know that now.
The guys carefully boarded around and above it on the marathon ceiling panelling project. Then Justin raised concerns regarding the safety of said wall. In the spirit of necessary investigation, he removed the section above the door. It is unstable in the extreme. The rest is coming down in controlled fashion tomorrow before Justin’s prophecy that it will fall on someone actually comes to pass. Always best we find these things out before we go further. If you don’t like shocks, suprises or big curve-balls, do not buy an old house.
Justin says that there are no problems, only solutions. Trev thinks that there are just problems, some without solutions. I have gone from “poor old wall” to “just save my doorway” to “EUREKA!!!!” ; we can now have a framed, glazed panel over doorway instead of (not) solid wall. Look how this formerly dark corner has been lit up by the new gaping hole!