HERITAGE TRANSACTIONS VOLUME 9: STONE ROOFING.
|Publication and purchase
the images in the chapter Stone roofing in England
England's Stone Slate Roofs Susan McDonald, Terry Hughes, Chris
Wood, Pat Strange. A model for the revival and enhancement of the stone
slate roofing industry in the South Pennines
|Stone slates create a highly regionalised
roofing form that is fundamental to the distinctive local character of
vernacular buildings in many parts of the country. Declining supplies of
new stone slates and the use of imported or artificial substitutes have
gradually eroded this vernacular roofing tradition, placing these distinctive
landscapes under threat. Meanwhile, the conservation requirement, that
repairs to historic stone slate roofs on listed buildings be carried out
on a like-for-like basis, has fuelled the market for salvaged stone slates
and, in some cases, encouraged the unnecessary and unscrupulous stripping
of other historic buildings in the locality.
|Recognising that action was needed
to secure the future of the stone slate roofing tradition, English Heritage
joined forces with the Peak Park Joint Planning Board and Derbyshire County
Council to carry out research into the revival and enhancement of the stone
slate roofing industry in the South Pennines. The research was intended
to act as a model which could be applied to other regions with a stone
slate tradition, or which faced similar problems with other scarce historic
building materials. This chapter describes the work carried out to date
and makes recommendations for the future.
in England Terry Hughes.
|Following the study of the stone
slate industry and market in the South Pennines, the situation for the
rest of England was researched. The historical sources of stone slates
and their geology are reviewed and the challenges to the continued regeneration
of stone slate delving are discussed. The current state of supply and demand
in the conservation of stone slated buildings is assessed.
|Since publication, some errors
and addtitional information have come to light
stone-slates and re-roofing the nave of Pitchford Church, Shropshire
Chris Wood, Terry Hughes. The stages of work and decisions that culminated
in the re-roofing of the nave of St Michaelís & All Angels Church,
Pitchford, Shropshire, in a mixture of existing and new Harnage stone-slates,
in accordance with English Heritage policy.
|English Heritage has been campaigning
to try to rejuvenate the stone slate industry, particularly in regions
which now lack a supply of new material. The aim of the campaign is to
reverse todayís dependence on inappropriate substitutes such as artificial
slates, stone imported from other parts of the UK and abroad or the use
of salvaged or cannibalized local material. This paper describes the decisions
and actions that were taken to procure a new supply prior to the re-roofing
of the nave of Pitchford Church, Shropshire, where the local Harnage stone
had not been produced for over 50 years. The project was implemented against
a background of strategic research on stone-slating and included documentary
research on the roof and the stone, finding a source of new material and
estimating the costs of production, obtaining consents, deciding the method
of procurement, surveying the failed roof and detailing and completing
the new covering. The church has been successfully re-roofed and lessons
have been learned that may help others wanting to resuscitate former local
|Now that Transactions 9: Stone Roofing
is published the images, together with about 50 extras, have been posted
on this site in a searchable
in September 2003, Price £30.00, Stone
Roofing can be purchased from Gillards
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