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Historic Syon House open again after major works
Syon House has been reopened to the public following a winter of expensive refurbishment work.
As part of a major project to restore the 200-year-old lead roof and masonry work, the Brentford stately home has been covered in scaffolding for months.
Further work to replace the other half of the roof and to restore the stonework on the Thames side has been put on hold for the seasonal public opening.
Work will start again in the autumn.
Visitors to the house will be able to see the meticulous restorations which have just been completed in the great hall.
Expert craftsmen analysed the hall's old paint work to find the original shades used by the architect Robert Adam.
This original colour scheme is now on display for the first time along with the hall's magnificently-restored statues.
Future phases of the restoration scheme will restore more of Robert Adam's original interiors and the great gallery.
The Duke of Northumberland, Ralph George Algernon Percy, who inherited the stately home, is footing the bill for the project.
A spokesman for Syon House would not reveal the total cost of the work, which is set to take five to 10 years.
On bank holiday Monday, May 26, Syon House will celebrate the traditions of the humble tea leaf.
Tea's Turbulent History will explore the past of England's favourite pasttime - from society tea dances in London's posh hotels to the Boston Tea Party.
Admission to Syon House, which includes the gardens and the Great Conservatory, costs £8 for adults.