Stoke Hall, Calver
TO THE MANOR BORN
Purchasing a country manor may sound like every lottery winner’s dream, but as the residents of these properties know, they are merely guardians for future generations.
Basking in the splendour of the Peak District National Park is grade II listed Stoke Hall, near Calver in Derbyshire’s Hope Valley. Martin-Brooks was asked by architects, Patrick Meed and Associates, to repair pitched and flat roofs on the property’s west wing as part of a larger programme of refurbishment for its current owners.
Our heritage specialists were familiar with the mid-18th century hall, having roofed a new garage and workshop development for the previous occupant, who sadly died before renovation of the main building was complete.
Existing and salvaged stone slates were used to restore the roof to its former glory, after we had renewed the timbers below, fitting oak trusses and designing new sloping parapet gutters that were lined with sheet lead. The slates were then laid in diminishing courses, finished with a stone ridge to the apex. We were also asked to install roof lights on an area of flat roof that required new lead coverings.
After years of neglect, the work undertaken by the owners of the grade II listed Georgian manor was so successful that it was featured on the BBC series, Restoration Home.
Materials: Existing and supplied salvaged stone slates, New lead to parapet and gutters and New oak trusses
Client: Patrick Meed and Associates