In 2012 it was
decided to look at the possibility of re-roofing the barn as the
existing asbestos sheet covering was beginning to leak. The idea was
to return it to thatch, as it was in the 1930's
After considerable planning
and working closely with Natural England, Conservation Architects,
Structural Engineers, conservation building contractors and many
other organisations, the project was given the green light.
Work started in March 2013.
The scaffolding was
erected and the old roof covering was removed by specialist asbestos
To protect the timbers,
plastic sheeting was used to cover the entire roof area.
There were quite a few
repairs to be carried out on the frame and roof structure. This was
originally oak so it was decided to replace with oak taken from
thinning trees in our own wood.
Once felled the timber was
taken away to be sawn onto the required sizes.
Most of the repairs have
been carried out using the oak "green"
This allows the oak to
dry in place.
Some areas were quite bad,
involving extensive replacement of large and small timber parts. A
large beam over a door opening can be seen here ready for fixing.
Many roof rafters have been
Once all the repairs were
complete work started on the re roofing. First wire to keep vermin
at bay is laid on the rafters followed by battens.
Then the thatching long
straw arrives, one of many truck loads.
The first area of thatch
put on and looks great !
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