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Tuesday, 6 November 2007, 16:59 GMT
Stately home rewired against fire

One of the South West's most famous stately homes, Saltram House near Plymouth, is being completely rewired to protect it against fire.

More than two miles (3.2km) of cable is being laid at the Georgian house which has been owned by the National Trust (NT) for the past 50 years.

The aim is to avoid a fire like that which destroyed more than 100 rooms at Windsor Castle in 1992.

Among objects found are cigarette packets left by previous workmen.