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The Restoration Man

20133 SeasonsALL

Architect George Clarke tours the British Isles and on his way discovers some of the finest examples of buildings such as water towers, brickworks, windmills, and churches. He goes on a detective mission to uncover the architectural and historical significance of each of these interesting and mysterious finds.

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Episodes (16)

  1. 1. Reeds Windmill, Canterbury , Kent
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    January 5, 2012
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    After years of living away from their families, Pete and Nikki Fagg moved back down South with the dream of restoring and extending a derelict windmill which had been owned by Pete's family for over 100 years. Locally listed, the windmill has been a roofless ruin since 1915 and its tapering structure overlooks an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of Kent.
  2. 2. Water Tower, Congleton, Cheshire
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    January 12, 2012
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    Andy Critchlow surprised his girlfriend Ana Perkins when he bought at auction a stunning, cylindrical Grade II listed Water Tower in Congleton Cheshire without even seeing the inside. Architect George Clarke goes on a historical mission and discovers how this monumental landmark sitting proudly on a hill in Congleton saved the lives of the people it overlooked.
  3. 3. Church, Gamblesby Cumbria
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    January 19, 2012
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    Scientist Phil Evans and his wife Joanne take a huge financial gamble in buying a Grade II listed Church of England gothic revival rural parish church in the Eden Valley. They intend to turn it into a dream home for their young family. Architect and brother-in-law, Alex, is project-managing the build whilst Phil and Joanne live in Chorley, some 90 miles away.
  4. 4. The Engine House Brickworks, Uffington, Oxfordshire
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    January 26, 2012
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    School bursar Tim and teacher Emma Verdon bought a derelict Victorian brickworks in the heart of rural Oxfordshire to convert into a comfortable home for themselves and their young children. Nestling in 6 acres, the unlisted Engine House is nothing more than 4 walls with no roof. Tim and Emma enlist architect George Clarke to design an extension.
  5. 5. Towers Revisit
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    February 2, 2012
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    Two romantics set about restoring a Martello Tower in Kent and converting a medieval Scottish Tower. Neither of them realised their dreams, so architect George Clarke revisits these stubborn romantics to see how they have progressed. Sarah McCombie has owned her Martello tower in Kent since 2004, and Barrie Taylor became the custodian of his Scottish castle tower in 2005.
  6. 6. Medieval Hall, Vale of Glamorgan Revisit
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    February 9, 2012
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    Architect George Clarke revisits Simon Hooper and his partner Victoria who bought a unique Grade I listed Medieval Hall just outside of Cardiff. The project proved to be too huge for Simon in his original timeframe with a £40,000 budget. George Clarke returns to the family to see if they overcame the challenges of restoring a rare building and realised their dream of living in a unique home.
  7. 7. Settle Water Tower
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    February 16, 2012
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    Mark Rand and his wife Pat are enthusiasts of the controversial Settle-Carlisle railway line and it's their dream to own part of its history. They bought the Victorian Settle Station Water Tower to convert and live in as their retirement home. Sitting beside the station in what is now an industrial estate, the building has not been in use since the 1940s.
  8. 8. Chapel Revisit
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    June 18, 2012
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    Architect George Clarke goes back to visit Gareth Williams and his family in their restored Victorian welsh church. Four years ago, Gareth decided he didn't want to live in a bog-standard terraced house any more, so he bought a derelict church. To save money he decided to do all the work himself and get everything he needed off eBay.
  9. 9. Bath Lodge Revisit
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    August 15, 2012
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    Architect George Clarke returns to Ormskirk after two years to see how builder Mark Horton and his family are doing living in their dream home: a former 18th-century folly that he restored after he found it on the "Buildings at Risk" register. Mark was ready for the challenge, but disaster struck three months in when the bank pulled his loan.
  10. 10. Ice House Revisit
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    August 22, 2012
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    Architect George Clarke returns to a remote 19th-century Scottish ice house after two years to catch up with its owner, Laird Henderson. George previously helped to realise an ambitious glass extension, but after budget problems and a clash with building control, will Laird have moved on and built the idyllic loch-side hideaway to match?
  11. 11. St John's Church Revisit
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    August 26, 2012
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    Architect George Clarke catches up with Joanne McGirr and Phil Evans, who risked all to restore a Victorian Gothic church at the foot of the Pennines. Last time George saw them they were teetering on the edge of financial ruin and faced with the agonising decision of whether they should sell the project. Have they been able to keep hold of their dream home?
  12. 12. Oast House, Kent
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    December 27, 2012
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    James and Lois Denning inherited a historic estate which has been in James' family for the last 234 years. The castle and stately home that used to belong to his family have been given to the National Trust, so they've decided to convert a stunning oast house into the core house on the estate. Architect George Clarke is on hand to advise them with the restoration.
  13. 13. Telford Church, Berneray, Outer Hebrides
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    January 3, 2013
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    Keith McIntyre and his wife Sheena bought a Thomas Telford designed church in the remote island of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides. Keith and Sheena dream of converting the church into a holiday home and studio where they can bring their art students and musician friends to be inspired by the amazing light and landscape.
  14. 14. Longhurst Lodge
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    January 10, 2013
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    It was love at first sight when Vanessa Ford Robbins and her partner Nik Huddy saw this unusual two up, two down Victorian gate lodge nestled on the boundaries of a country estate in Surrey. Derelict for nearly 50 years, Nik and Vanessa dream of bringing this fairytale building back to life but they desperately need more living space and face mounting planning issues.
  15. 15. Thrum Mill, Northumberland
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    January 17, 2013
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    Dave and Margaret Hedley came across a picture of an old watermill that had stood abandoned and uncared for the last 50 years and decided that they were going to be the ones to bring it back to life. They pour their heart and souls into the restoration. Architect George Clarke goes back to his roots in the north east and helps them every step of the way but, will they ever achieve their dream?
  16. 16. Pig Barn, Nottinghamshire
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    January 24, 2013
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    David and Judith Ward want to be nearer to their grandchildren. Not fazed by the challenges of restoration, they've bought a dilapidated pig barn close to their daughter's farmhouse and they start the process of transforming it into their 3 bedroom home. George Clarke has been giving advice, but will their hopes for a happy retirement ever become reality?

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Producers
Rebecca Mulraine
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Tiger Aspect Productions
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