In late 2004 the Hall featured on the front cover of the winter
issue of SPAB (The Society for the Protection of Ancient
Buildings), catalogue of “buildings of historical interest in need
of repair” that were currently on the market, which noted that there
was “an indescribably large amount of work to do” but that it would
provide someone with “a monumental opportunity”.
Unfortunately for Mrs Hunt, Mr Hunt was a member of the SPAB.
One of the first things that had to be done was to ask an electrical
contractor to assess the wiring – he took about 15 minutes to
condemn the whole system as a fire risk and major safety hazard, so
the Hunts were to spend the next two years with the house lit by light-bulbs
hanging from cables that could be moved around to suit the work, (a
bit like Christmas decorations), with temporary connections for
various other appliances.