Knebworth Damaged by “Climate Change”

By Paul Homewood


Yet more climate nonsense propagated by the BBC:



Damage to a Grade II* listed stately home caused by climate change is to be repaired after a grant was awarded.

The £74,175 funding from Historic England will pay for restoration work at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire.

It is thought the north-west turret has been damaged by higher rainfall and temperatures, said the heritage group.

The Knebworth House Education and Preservation Trust said the money would "enable us to continue visitor access… and retain employment".

The repairs to the turret will tackle cracks which are affecting the original 19th Century structure and exterior decoration to the 15th Century Tudor building.

A survey of the house will be carried out to determine the cause of the structural cracks and help develop a long-term repair plan.

It is believed the cracks have been caused by climate change, with increased rainfall combined with periods of higher temperatures, said Historic England.



Knebworth is in Hertfordshire, near to the long running weather station at Rothamsted. So, what does the data tell us?


As far as rainfall is concerned, Hertfordshire is not getting wetter, either annually or seasonally. And certainly there have been no unusually high rainfall totals in the last few years leading up to these “cracks”:





And neither is extreme rain getting more frequent or severe:




As for “higher temperatures”, the very idea is absurd. I’ve never heard of castles falling to bit in France, for instance, where it is much hotter. Indeed, it is frost damage which causes most of these sort of problems, because of the way ice expands and contracts.

But just for the record, the supposed “periods of higher temperatures” are a figment of somebody’s imagination. Nor is there any “climate change signal” in any of the trends:





In fact, far from Knebworth suddenly falling down because of climate change, the building has been in a poor state of repair for many years, as Knebworth themselves admit:



And despite much work put in since 1984, things are still desperate:


A Knebworth heritage site is undergoing emergency structural repairs to preserve the building for future generations.

Councillor Terry Tyler visited Knebworth House to view the ongoing repairs at the Hertfordshire stately home.

As chairman of North Herts District Council, Cllr Tyler is an ex-officio trustee of the Knebworth House Education and Preservation Trust (KHEPT), a charity whose sole purpose is to preserve and maintain Knebworth House and Gardens for the benefit of the public.

In 2012, Knebworth House was designated by English Heritage as a ‘priority building at risk’.

Costs to complete the essential repairs are currently estimated at £11 million.

That figure, if it can be raised, will secure the building, but the charitable trust will then need an endowment beyond this to continue the preservation of this precious local asset into the future.

Cllr Terry Tyler said: “I was so impressed at the activities of the trust and am appalled to learn that KHEPT needs £11m in urgent repairs.

“As chairman of NHDC and ex-officio KHEPT Trustee I will help the trust as much as I can.”

This was Cllr Tyler’s first visit as a trustee. He was shown around Knebworth House by the person who knows it best, custodian Henry Lytton Cobbold.

Alongside pointing out the work the charity has successfully completed over its 36-year history, Henry revealed the areas that are in need of urgent repair, including a large section of the southern roof where water is entering and causing interior damage.

The 500-year-old building requires constant monitoring for water ingress.


No doubt, Knebworth thought they had a better chance of getting a grant from Historic England if they blamed it on global warming. But the problems there are a consequence of decades of poor maintenance, not the climate bogeyman.


March 11, 2021 at 06:00AM

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