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Roof coverings expertly replaced on a challenging grade I listed manor house

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Roofing contractor: Ellis & Co (Restoration and Building)

Project: Little Sodbury Manor

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A Grade I listed stone-built Cotswold manor house located in South Gloucestershire, LITTLE SODBURY MANOR dates back to the 15th century.

The great hall has a typical open double-height ceiling with an exposed timber structure and a stone floor. Both Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn stayed at the property in 1535 when it was owned by Sir John Walsh.

Due to the building being of historical interest and Grade I listed, materials and workmanship to upgrade the roof insulation and performance needed to meet the specification of the architect and all of the relevant bodies associated with the ‘listing’ of Britain’s Heritage.

The original stone tiles from the main hall were carefully removed from the multiple roofs across the manor and sorted by type of material and whether they could be reused. Where necessary hand-selected and dressed replacement tiles ensured only the best quality stone was utilised in the roof construction. Stone ridge tiles were also hand carved in the Ellis & Co workshops.

The manor house has been adjusted and added to throughout its history, and so the building has countless valleys, intersections, angles and verges.

This project took seven people over two months to complete. Tiling, leadwork and stonemason apprentices all worked on this project, one of whom achieved his National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 2 during his work on the project.

Little Sodbury Manor

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