Roofers answer church’s prayer

Martin-Brooks' heritage craftsmen at work on the nave roof at Christ Church, Burbage
Martin-Brooks' heritage craftsmen at work on the nave roof at Christ Church, Burbage
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A popular Peak District church is offering visitors a much warmer welcome, following repairs by heritage roofing experts from Sheffield firm Martin-Brooks.

Architects Graham Holland Associates called in the roofing specialist to replace the roofs on the nave, south transept and south vestry of the Grade II listed Christ Church at Burbage.

The church was placed on the Buildings at Risk Register, following the discovery of dry rot and was also suffering from damp, made worse by defective guttering.

An English Heritage grant, supplemented by a fundraising appeal has enabled work to be carried out on the Norman style church in stages.

Martin-Brooks has renewed all the central valley lead gutters and installed insulation in parts of the church that have been reroofed with Burlington and Welsh slate.

Contracts director Dale Wright said: “Age, size and the building’s construction mean repairs have to be handled sensitively and in line with the strict guidelines governing listed properties.

“Despite the red tape, working in such a stunning location is always a pleasure and it is rewarding to see how much our efforts benefit those who utilise the church facilities.”