Sheffield roofing specialists, Martin-Brooks, has given an historic church in the heart of the Peak District a new lease of life, thanks to materials from the Lake District.
Heritage craftsmen from the local firm have completely re-roofed the grade II listed Saint Barnabas Church in Bradwell, Derbyshire, using old and new slates from Cumbria.
Martin-Brooks removed all of the existing Westmorland slates from the nave roof at Saint Barnabas, which were redressed and reused on the chancel and vestry. The nave was then recovered in new green Westmorland slate from the Elleswater quarry.
In keeping with its original construction in 1872, the slates forming Saint Barnabas’ new roof were nailed to battens and secured with lime mortar by Martin-Brooks’ specialist team. To maintain its authenticity, no under felt was used, which meant considerable care had to be taken to ensure the church remained watertight whilst work was taking place.
The roof repairs at Saint Barnabas were carried out as part of an English Heritage grant and were co-ordinated by Bakewell architects, Smith and Roper, with whom Martin-Brooks has worked on numerous heritage projects.
Dale Wright, Martin-Brooks’ contracts director, said: “Despite atrocious working conditions, our craftsmen have demonstrated that an excellent finish can still be achieved using skills and techniques developed hundreds of years ago. The new roof at Saint Barnabas looks fabulous and the Westmorland slate really complements the dramatic landscape that surrounds the village of Bradwell.”