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There are very few books in print
which describe stone or slate roofing. Prices below do not include postage.
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|The free English
Heritage Stone Slate Technical Advice Note provides
detailed advice on the conservation of stone roofs. It was revised in 2005
and is available by phone 0870 429 6658 (product
code 51024) or post from English Heritage Customer Services, PO
Box 569, Swindon SN2 2YP. Illustrated A4 23
|The free Roofs
of England pamphlet discusses some of the
issues surrounding the decline of the stone slate industry. Out of print
but available on the SRA website here.
A4 12 pages
English Heritage's Practical Building Conservation - Roofing.
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|A guide to Horsham
roofing: design; construction and conservation.
There are two systems of roofing with Horsham stone-slates: the ‘normal’ double lap system and single lapping which is unique to Horsham stone roofs. Problems have arisen, including roof failure due to leakage, because of uncertainty about the precise details of each system and confusion between the two. This document was developed during a series of meetings and discussions with people experienced in the use of Horsham stone-slates and the problems of conserving historic roofs.
Heritage in Stone
Vernacular Slate and Stone Roofs in England. The vernacular slate and stone roofs of England have used a very wide variety of fissile or cleavable rocks ranging in age from Cambrian to Cretaceous. The physical and visual characteristics of these stones and the skill and ingenuity of roof slaters in adapting them to a range of weather conditions have made a major contribution to England’s built heritage and regional distinctiveness. Supply from the larger slate quarries, even in the face of increasing cheap imports from Asia and South America, is secure in the short term. At the small-scale end of the industry – mainly sandstones and limestones – the efforts to support and revitalise the quarries on which the conservation of these roofs depends have had considerable success, but their future is by no means secure.
Research Transactions volume 9: Stone roofing.
ISBN 1 902916 32 8
Editor Chris Wood
The first chapter discusses the decline of the stone slate industry, the consequent loss of this important aspect of regional distinctiveness and how the trend might be reversed. MacDonald, Hughes, Wood and Strange .
Chapter two describes the types of stones used for roofing throughout England, the state of the market and supply and some of the regional features of stone roofs. Hughes.
The last chapter traces the re-roofing of Pitchford Church in Shropshire from the search for the old delves, through the analysis of why the existing roof had failed prematurely and the development of a specification to avoid the previous mistakes and the successful delving and construction of a new roof. Wood and Hughes.
Illustrated A4 156 pages. Preview.
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of Scottish Roofing. £20
ISBN 1 903570 09 3
The definitive description of slate, stone and clay tile roofing in Scotland. Illustrated A4 171 pages
Pattern of English Building. Alec Clifton
Apparently out of print but can be found second hand. Blackwells Bookshop suggests a price of £35 (11/2003) and will do a search of dealers for you through their Exedra service. Click on the out of print search link on the home page. Illustrated 480 pages
Building. Alec Clifton Taylor and A S Ireson.
books include useful introductions to the variety of slate and stone roofing
to be found in England.
and Tiling. £45
ISBN 1 873394 46 2
Frank Bennet and Alfred Pinion
A facsimile reprint about slating and tiling from a time when it was an everyday skill. An excellent introduction to the subject but beware, many of the problems frequently encountered with slate roofing today are not discussed because back then they didn't occur. Illustrated 331 pages
Publishing Ltd, Lower Coombe, Donhead St Mary, Shaftesbury, Dorset
BS5534 2003 Code of Practice for slating and tiling. £152 or at a 50% discount for BSI members.
ISBN 0 580 41740 9
This is the official guide to how slate and tile roofs should be constructed in the UK. A4 132 pages.
on building sites Part 6 1990 Roof slating and tiling.
£74 or at a 50% discount for BSI members. (£3.22 per page!
Unfortunately BSI's pricing policy seems to be designed to ensure the minimum
Standards Institution 389 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4AL
Stone slate roof guide for building owners (Acrobat)
Stone roofs model specification (Acrobat)
Sources of stone (MS Word)
Stone Slaters Trust's slating specification,
guide, and roof
|North Wiltshire District Council
tiling guide Acrobat file
|Tewksbury Borough Council's Cotswold stone slate roofing guide|