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Traditional oak framed buildings specialist Courtyard Designs were called upon to replace the old cricket pavilion in the grounds at Darwin’s former home, Down House.

The Downe Cricket Club itself dates back to the time when he lived at Down House in the 19th century. Darwin, being a keen cricketer himself, gave the club permission to use his land and the earliest known date of cricket being played on the estate was in 1865.
When English Heritage took over the management of Down House in 1996, the cricket pavilion was beyond repair. Courtyard Designs were the experts called in to create a new building in keeping with the historic style befitting such a setting.

The design team and craftsmen at Courtyard Designs have gained an enviable reputation for outstanding quality of craftsmanship where traditional construction methods are still employed. The range of Pavilions crafted by Courtyard Designs is specially designed to meet the requirements of discerning public authorities (including English Heritage) the E.C.B., sports and country clubs, schools, colleges and private homes. The Yorkshire Pavilion shown here is another fine example in the range, it features steps to a full-length veranda, glazed windows with toughened glass and changing rooms to the rear.

Meticulous attention to detail is applied throughout each process on all its oak framed outbuildings, where Courtyard Designs are also happy to adapt layout and size to suit exact needs.

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