That would be the destruction of historic fabric and you shouldn't do it.
If you do you may find nothing behind it. If it is original you are most
unlikely to find the walls are plastered up behind it and the ceiling is in
place right to the edge above it.
I would assume worse case, it will pull away chunks of the wall and
ceiling, so you'd be looking at some level of replastering.
Some coving was pre-molded lengths stuck up, other was basically an
extrusion of plaster formed in place by dragging a shape around the
edge with a load of wet plaster behind it.
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On Tue, 21 Sep 2010 06:57:40 +0100, "Richard Head"
Many thanks to all who provided the advice.
I should have guessed really, my father was an industrial painter/
decorator and did nothing to the coving despite splitting the room by
adding a wall down the middle.
Plaster has a mind of its own when I deal with it, so I think I will
bung some insulating board up and fill in the space in the edges not
inhabited by the coving.
Many thanks for the replies.
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