Historic home to open
Public offered chance to see Woodstock House restoration
HISTORIC Woodstock House, at Plumpton, will open for the first time to the public this Saturday.
Blacktown Council has restored the original home of entrepreneur Walter Lamb, who purchased the tract of land at Plumpton in 1872.
Now the work to bring the building back to life is complete, and the public will get a rare chance to take in one of the region’s most important properties.
“The Woodstock site has great heritage and historical significance,” Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali said.
“It plays an important role in helping us understand the story of Blacktown city – our rich history, our identity and our people.
“We have been able to retain many of the original features and integrity, while ensuring it has a dignified and viable future.”
Mr Lamb used the 1012ha he bought to develop a cattle breeding business.
By 1889, he had built a homestead made up of three separate pavilions.
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage described the buildings as a “rare and fine example” of Victorian country homestead with Georgian style.
Tasman Storey, of Tropman and Tropman Architects, oversaw the restoration.
“It was in fairly bad repair when we first came across ... the aim initially was to restore it, because they are magnificent buildings with Georgian proportions,” Mr Storey said.
Now beautifully restored, Woodstock House at Plumpton was used, at one time, as a clubhouse for a nearby trotting club before it fell into disrepair.
Woodstock House, at Plumpton, was extensively and painstakingly restored after Blacktown Council bought it in 2010.