Marianne Suhr

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Marianne Suhr MRICS (born c. 1969) is an English Chartered Building Surveyor,[1] writer, and expert on historic buildings. She co-presented the television series Restoration with Ptolemy Dean and Griff Rhys Jones.[2][3]


Suhr trained with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and runs training courses for them. She also writes articles for national newspapers and magazines, including contributions to Period Living.[4]

In October 2005, Suhr joined Richard Chartres, Bishop of London at St Giles in the Fields, London, to launch a new maintenance project for the capital's historic churches.[5]

In Restoration, she toured the United Kingdom looking for exciting restoration projects, repairing old buildings, mixing building mud and even dowsing.[3]

On her own account, she restored a derelict thatched cottage in Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire, with a friend. On completion of the project, in May 2005, she advised "Don't expect to make money on a project if you're going to do it properly. It involves a lot of time, expensive materials and specialist craftsmen. Estimate the cost and duration of the work, then double both."[6] In 2006, with her partner Richard, she renovated a timber-framed house in Oxfordshire as a home.[7]

On British house-hunters in France, she has said:[8]



  1. "Biographies" (PDF). BBC. Retrieved 10 October 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Marianne Suhr at, accessed 23 July 2008
  3. 3.0 3.1 Project: Restoration at, accessed 23 July 2008
  4. Speaker Profile: Marianne Suhr, H&R Period Property Expert at, accessed 23 July 2008
  5. Support from on high for gutter project!, press release at, accessed 23 July 2008
  6. A proper Restoration job, The Daily Telegraph, 30 May 2005, accessed 23 July 2008
  7. Marianne Suhr's Renovation Diaries dated 23 November 2006 (from January 2007 issue of Period Living magazine), accessed 23 July 2008
  8. How not to wreck a French ruin, The Daily Telegraph, accessed 23 July 2008

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