Tony's Time Team travels to Castle Drogo to film show
Time Team, the TV history programme which is becoming an historic entity itself after hitting our screens for nearly two decades, has been in Devon this week filming the last large castle built in Britain.
Tony Robinson and the team visited the National Trust's Castle Drogo, near Exeter, to shoot part of an episode they're making on Edwin Lutyens, the architect who created the famous fortress and many other iconic buildings.
"Tony Robinson was filming for a special hour-long Time Team programme on Castle Drogo, to be transmitted later in the year," said the trust's Claire Bolitho.
"The programme focuses on Lutyens and where the castle fits into his work. They've looked at the architecture of the castle and the archive material about its construction as well as talked to Bryher Mason, our house and collections manager at the castle.
"Time Team also learned about the massive project the trust has launched to save the building," Ms Bolitho added.
The programme's experts learned how nearly £11 million is being spent on the giant structure over the next five years after water seeped through the castle's walls, windows and roof, corroding the steel structure within. The new pointing alone would stretch from Castle Drogo to Lundy, off the North Devon coast, if it was laid out in a single line. Added to that, 913 windows will be replaced and the work will require 680 tonnes of granite to be removed from the roof, piece by piece, then put back into exactly the same positions once work is complete.
The programme will show how Lutyens designed the castle, built between 1911 and 1931 for Julius Drewe, founder of Home and Colonial Stores.