A popular Peak District church is offering visitors a much warmer welcome, following the successful completion of roof repairs by local heritage experts, Martin-Brooks.
The Sheffield-based roofing specialist has completed the first phase of work on Christ Church at Burbage to rectify problems with damp and defective gutters.
Martin-Brooks’ heritage craftsmen were called in by architects, Graham Holland Associates, to replace the south transept, south vestry and nave roofs on this grade II listed building using Burlington and Welsh slate to complement the existing covering. All of the central valley lead gutters have also been renewed and insulation introduced in the reroofed areas.
Located in the heart of Burbage village, Christ Church was placed on the Buildings at Risk Register in 2011, following the discovery of dry rot. A fundraising appeal was launched to supplement the English Heritage grant aided works to the Norman style church and these are now being undertaken in stages.
Dale Wright, Martin-Brooks’ contracts director, said: “These picturesque village churches still play an integral role in the daily life of rural communities and residents feel strongly about their preservation. However, age, size and the building’s construction mean repairs have to be handled sensitively and in line with the strict guidelines governing listed properties. Despite the red tape, working in such a stunning location is always a pleasure and it is rewarding to see how much our efforts benefit those who utilise the church facilities.”