Flats ravaged by fire at Cowdray Estate back to former glory

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COWDRAY Estate celebrated with a special topping out ceremony as one of its biggest building projects neared completion.

Snowshill at Easebourne was badly damaged in a blaze last October which ripped through part of the former doctor’s house now converted into flats.

It was so severely damaged it had to be gutted back to the original four walls and rebuilt.

Renovation work is now almost complete, so Cowdray Estate workers gathered for a ceremonial laying on of the first roof tiles.

The inside of the building which continues to provide accommodation in flats has been completely modernised while the outside has been carefully preserved with all the original features in keeping with its Grade II listed status. During the course of the fire fighting operation last year which lasted more than six hours crews from nine fire stations, including reinforcements from Surrey and Hampshire and a Red Cross support unit were at the scene.