We are sad to hear of the closure of R J Durtnell & Sons, the oldest building firm in England. Founded in the 16th century, it started with timber-framed buildings and expanded to become a general building firm in the 1800s. It was the contractor for the Turner Contemporary in Margate in 2008. The firm undertook refurbishment projects as well as new build, and was working on the Royal Pavilion Estate including the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange when it ceased trading. We hope that the skills and knowledge amassed in over 425 years will not be lost.