Freak weather brings down ceiling at popular Skegness attraction

Storm damage at Church Farm Museum, Skegness. EMN-160722-104654001
Storm damage at Church Farm Museum, Skegness. EMN-160722-104654001

Freak weather has brought the ceiling down at one of the most popular visitor attractions in Skegness.

The thunder and lightening experienced on Wednesday evening caused a section of the lime plaster in the parlour at The Village Church Farm to come crashing to the 
ground.

Storm damage at Church Farm Museum, Skegness. EMN-160722-104639001

Storm damage at Church Farm Museum, Skegness. EMN-160722-104639001

“The morning after the storms we came in to the front room and a huge section of plaster had come away from the ceiling,” said manager Trevor Monahan.

He added they were unaware if the 18th century farmhouse, the oldest residence in the town, had actually been struck by lightening or the thunder had caused ‘shacking’.

Mr Monahan said miraculously other items in the room were relatively unscathed, with just minor damage to the piano.

“Even a china vase directly underneath where the ceiling fell survived,” he added.

The museum is now waiting on the findings of an expert to see if the ceiling can be patched or whether a larger section will have to be removed. Repair work can then be costed.

Mr Monahan said: “Because it is lime plaster we can’t just pop to B&Q and fix it ourselves.

“The buiilding is also listed.”

Mr Monahan explained that the damaged part of the farmhouse will be closed off to the public until it is deemed safe, but said that the rest of the site was very much open for business.