We are having a Damp Problem fixed while we are here. This means taking the walls and part of the ceiling back to the brick, installing some kind of damp-proofing to the bricks, and replacing the plaster. I hope to repaint the plaster after Alec returns to the US. This is what our back room looked like this morning. A bright light room.
This is what it looks like this afternoon.
We found an old door that had been filled in when the extension at the back was put on. The problem was apparently caused by the fact that sometime after the extension was put on, they just glued plaster board over the existing plaster walls. Tomorrow they will remove more plaster above the door and around the perimeter of the ceiling, clean up, and install the first coat of damp-proofing. That's the plan, anyway.