I live in a part of the country that has more than its fair share of heritage and historic properties. Being in the very quiet zone that had many connections with the English civil war and other battles over the centuries, the occupants of big houses were usually already rich but managed to add to their piles by judicious side swapping and patronage. The spoils of their wars now require vast sums to keep them from falling down in ruin. This is where our craftsmen and women are gaining fantastic experience in decorating and maintaining very precious buildings which are generally Grade I or II, needing very specific building controls for all work – building, change of windows, guttering etc. Everything has to comply with a set of the most stringent rules designed to protect the origins of our amazing building heritage and history. Very expensive but invaluable for this tiny power-house island!