Leading heritage roofing specialists, Sheffield-based Martin-Brooks, has completed a two year labour of love to restore one of the region’s most famous castles to its former glory.
After undertaking it first phase of repairs at North Derbyshire’s Bolsover Castle in 2009, Martin-Brooks has now returned to complete its work on the roof of the ancient structure.
Martin-Brooks’ heritage craftsmen have been repairing the roof of the grade I listed Little Castle. The firm has stripped lead off the castle roof and replaced it using traditional methods and materials. Where possible, the existing lead was recast into new panels at a local foundry and re-used.
The work undertaken by Martin-Brooks is part of a larger English Heritage project run by main contractor, Woodhead Heritage. The roof restoration at Bolsover Castle was completed in phases so as not to impact on visitors’ enjoyment of the attraction.
Dale Wright, Martin-Brooks’ contracts director, said: “Bolsover Castle is one of our most prestigious local landmarks and it has been an honour to be involved in its preservation. The finish achieved by our expert roofers demonstrates the level of skill needed to retain the character of our architectural heritage. This has been a lengthy project that has involved a great deal of planning, but it is very rewarding to reach such a positive conclusion.”