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A Flat Roof at Farleigh House

This picturesque building named Farleigh House is situated in Farleigh Hungerford, near Bath. The buildings owner Robin Totterman of ‘Inspects’ (makers of designer glasses and sunglasses) had suffered for years with water ingress, repairing splits and cracks all the year round.

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They called in Kevin Hodge, owner and Director of County Flat Roofing Ltd for help and advice on a cure for their flat roof problems. After listening to what the customer wanted to achieve Kevin came up with a Single Ply waterproofing system (Alwitra/ Evalon) on top of 100mm rigid insulation boards, attached to the original Asphalt roofs to give a ‘warm roof’ single ply waterproof system.

The Evalon Single ply waterproofing system also has the benefit of a manufacturers guarantee and has been assessed to last ‘in excess’ of 30 years (Backed by the British Board of Agrement).

The History of Farleigh House

Houlton family

The house has sometimes been called Farleigh New Castle.

Indeed, it was largely built with stone taken from the ruins of the mediaeval Castle itself.

A Trowbridge clothier, Joseph Houlton, bought the Farleigh estate in 1702.

His son, Joseph Houlton, Junior, lived at the Home Farm, an old gabled house, which he completely rebuilt and turned into Farleigh House, a modest gentleman's residence complete with a 120-acre deer park.

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In 1806, Colonel John Houlton inherited the estate. He enlarged and altered the house in the fashionable Gothic Revival style spending £40,000 - several million in today‘s values - on extensions to the main house, a chapel, hot houses, conservatories, stables and six lodges.

Most of the present house dates from that period. One of the lodges was called the Castle Lodge and is now the Bath Lodge Hotel.

The Houlton family remained at Farleigh Hungerford until 1899, when Sir Edward Houlton died with no male heir.

Later owners

The estate was sold in 1906 to Lord Cairns and later passed through several hands. In the 1950s and 1960s, Farleigh House and its estate were owned by the Hely-Hutchinson family, a cadet branch of the Hely-Hutchinsons, Earls of Donoughmore.

Ravenscroft School

In 1970, the main house and a number of cottages were sold to Mr John F. R. Gillam, the headmaster and owner of Ravenscroft School, which had previously been based in nearby Beckington Castle. In about 1980, John Gillam also bought much of the Farleigh Hungerford estate. In 1998, Ravenscroft School closed and the house became Farleigh College, a new special school, but that subsequently moved to new premises near Mells. John Gillam and his family continued to own the house until it was sold to an optical company called Inspecs to serve as the firm's headquarters.

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