Roofing specialists at Sheffield-based Martin-Brooks have answered the prayers of a former coal mining village by delivering a new lease of life to its local church.
Martin-Brooks’ heritage experts have undertaken a complete re-roof at Holy Trinity Church in Elsecar, Barnsley, to help restore the 19th century sandstone structure to its former glory.
Work on the grade II listed building included the removal of the old roof coverings and replacement of like-for-like natural green Westmorland slate on the nave and chancel, plus Burlington slate on the vestry. Martin-Brooks also substituted the failing parapet gutters with hardy stainless steel alternatives.
In keeping with its original construction, lime and goats’ hair mortar was used to fix the new roof in place and no felt was placed under the slates, meaning particular care had to be taken to keep the building dry whilst work was underway.
Dale Wright, Martin-Brooks’ contracts director, said: “Elsecar church is an impressive example of early English design that has remained largely untouched by the ravages of time. Our skilled craftsmen are specially trained in traditional roofing techniques to ensure we can maintain these important architectural gems and preserve the region’s heritage for future generations.”
Despite dramatic changes to the community in and around Elsecar, Holy Trinity Church has altered little in the 170 years since its inception. Built in 1841 by the fifth Earl of Fitzwilliam, the Church of England seat is now undergoing a full programme of refurbishment, grant aided by English Heritage, coordinated by architects, Smith and Roper of Bakewell and project managed by main contractor, G L Beal and Sons of Mexborough, Rotherham.