S Range Roof Repairs Progress
South Range Roof Repairs 2022
Following a further grant from Historic England and the Heritage Stimulus Fund, managed again by the HHF, the north facing roof on the south front of the Mansion will be repaired. The area for conservation extends from the spiral staircase to the east end of the building, and is outlined in red on the plan above.
This image shows the need for the repairs - the puddles in the top floor corridor. We hope that soon we will be able to retire the buckets which currently collect the drips, which have to be put out every time it rains heavily.
9th Jan: The scaffolders have returned!
4th Feb: A month later, the scaffold is making good progress towards completion, both at the front of the Mansion and in the courtyard.
22nd Feb: Image above - view from afar. Note the tall restored chimneys on the north range to the rear of the building.
3rd March: The over roof is nearly complete and the first tiles should be stripped off this week.
15th March: Daylight on the top floor! All the tiles have been stripped off and work is proceeding on the windows and stonework on the first floor.
22nd March: The first few rows of tiles are going back on.
In the image below you can clearly see the oak pegs which hook the stone slates onto the substantial oak battens on the outside of the roof.
Where necessary damaged battens are being replaced; however this section of the roof was found to be in good condition when stripped off.
6th April: The window in the first floor corridor is now repaired and installed.
28th April: The top floor corridor is now dark again as the slates are all back on the lower section of the roof. The upper part of the roof right up to the ridge has been stripped off and in the picture below a large hole is visible at the NE corner of the roof above the library. (This is why the over roof is needed when it rains.)
It's hard to photograph without overexposing the hole! The next image is more of a close-up.
The stripped-off part of the roof extends to the east end of the building, as shown in the photo below, taken from the first floor bedroom.
Finally, through the hole, you have a unique view of Bucknall's chimneys on the South Range.