Devon Records Holne Parish 1249A/PWZ 1849

Specification for Straightening, Rapping and New Slating Holne Church on both Sides from the Tower to the Chancel, also the Porch and Vestry Roofs. 1849

William Ireland Builder and Surveyor Ashburton

Slaters work

Take off the old slate now on the roof carefully and land them on the Church yard so as to be taken away by the churchwardens.  The roofs to be covered with Pen Recca Scantle slates eighteen inches by nine inches of the best quality and each stone to be nailed with two zinc nails one inch and three quarters in length and not less than six pounds to the thousand.  Double Rag eves twenty inches in length and project over the walls five inches, the slating to go three inches under the coping stones reset on the slate with cement.  All the [?Trens] to be well stopped in and made good over with the best London cement, the Rag Eves to be nailed with two inch strong wrought clout. The ridges of the Roofs to be covered with the best Glazed Roll tile and put together at the end with iron pins the size of the hole and not less than six inches in length.  The whole of the slating to be pointed over the heads of the stones with good lime sand and hair mortar on the inside [1] where it can be done [2].  The whole of the damage done to the walls or plastering or slating of the chancel in the execution of the work to be made good by the contractor at his sole expense. The carriage of the slate will be done by the Parishioners at their expense and the whole delivered to the Church yard.  The slating to have seven inches and three eighths of an inch stretch and three inches and a quarter in bond [3].

1 We would call this torching today

2 That is, not where the slates are inaccessible such as at eaves and over gable walls

3 This is, in modern terminology, is double lap, with three and a quarter inch head lap which for eighteen inch long slates gives a margin of seven and three eighths inches.