Denbies Covenanter tank departs for restoration

by / Tuesday, 05 December 2017 / Published in Uncategorized

The extremely rare Second World War tank that was excavated in Denbies vineyard earlier this year has now been removed for renovation.

The English “Covenanter” tank was dug up from beneath the vineyard by WW2 enthusiast Rick Wedlock.  Rick approached Denbies last year regarding the possibly of a tank buried on the estate .  Following an exploratory dig in January which revealed the top part of the tank, the full excavation took place in May.

The excavation of the tank was part of a new documentary series commissioned by the History Channel which was aired in the autumn.

The tank has been positioned in the vineyard for the past six months with thousands of visitors coming specifically to view this significant piece of WW2 history.

Mr Wedlock will spend the next three years restoring the tank.   The tank will return to the estate each year around the anniversary of its excavation to enable the restoration local enthusiasts to view  progress.  Mr Wedlock anticipates the full restoration to take approximately three years, eventually aiming to drive the fully functioning vehicle back to the Surrey Hills.

‘This has been an extraordinary project and we have been overwhelmed by the amount of interest in the  Covenanter.   The tank is in surprisingly good conditions with some paint and marking still visible’ commented Chris White, Denbies CEO, ‘in spite of a large hole on one side of the tank,  the chalk has proved to be an excellent preservative.  We look forward to the tank being fully restored.’

TOP


To Our Valued Customers

WELCOME BACK!

Please note, all areas of the business will be adhering to new social distancing government policy, thank you in advance for your consideration.  Please note, due to reduced numbers on the outdoor tour, we strongly advise booking on-line in advance, reservations may be available day thank you.

The Visitor Centre is now open, including all facilities
Indoor & Outdoor Dining/Vineyard Hotel/Outdoor tours

NEW EVENTS NOW ON SALE, VISIT OUR <FORTHCOMING EVENTS>

Sparkling Outdoor Tour & Gallery Restaurant dinner/Afternoon Tea Hamper & Tour/Secret Vineyard Trail & Tasting

VINEYARD HOTEL is now open

CONSERVATORY RESTAURANT is open daily
Table service only/hot food available 12noon to 2pm

REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE FROM
‘THE HATCH ON THE LAWN’ Outside Marquee seating available
Selection of hot & cold drinks & snacks
Daily 10am – 4pm
Saturday 9am – 6pm/ Sunday 10am – 5pm

Please note, only food and drink purchased from Denbies may be consumed on-site

THE GALLERY RESTAURANT Open from Saturday 11 July

Open every Saturday & Sunday for lunch 12noon - 3.30pm, advance reservations only

Your English Vineyard Wedding in Surrey

Congratulations!  Making plans for your special day?
Whilst the main estate building and hotel remain closed to the public, we are happy to offer social distanced wedding viewings from Saturday 20 June.
For more information and to book a viewing, please contact Dawn@denbiesvineyard.co.uk

Denbies Wine & Gift Shop

Daily 10am – 4pm/Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm

The safety of our customers and staff is of primary importance,
please observe social distancing guidelines, card transactions only

Information: Health and safety - shop reopening PDF

For the most up to date information, click here and sign up to our newsletter to
receive our latest news and updates for when we will reopen.


On-line Wine & Gift Shop
• 20% off all wine purchases
• Cellar door click & collect available Monday – Friday, 10am until 3pm
• Online Delivery

• NEW – Wine & Gift Packages Now Available Online


Apologies - we are unable to take wine orders over the phone

Please click here & visit our online shop for more information

Please continue to our website for information and visiting the estate.