City skills recover hangman’s tower

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Heritage roofing experts from Sheffield have helped to restore the roof of a tower at Lincoln Castle where public hangings once took place.

Martin-Brooks have completely re-roofed Lincoln Castle’s Cobb Hall, a Grade I listed tower, so that a new walkway can be installed carrying visitors right around the castle walls.

The Sheffield firm removed and recycled Cobb Hall’s original lead covering, before fixing 90 square metres of new sand cast lead panels to the existing boarding, having painted the underside of the lead to help prevent corrosion, in line with traditional building practices.

Contracts director Dale Wright said: “Due to the age of Cobb Hall’s roof, it needed a complete overhaul before the new walkway could be added safely. Thanks to the experience and skill of our heritage craftsmen, we were able to finish the project in just six weeks, ensuring the hall will remain watertight and in good order for another 200 years.

“There is a great view from the rooftop and I have no doubt it will be a popular spot with visitors.”