The transformation of an 18th Century roof
Lamberts Barn, Sherborne Castleby Pear Tree Conservation
Lamberts Barn is a grade 2 listed building on the Sherborne Castle estate in Somerset. Much of the existing fabric is original, dating back to the 18 century, so it was devasting when, in early in 2022, a large elm tree came down in a storm, causing considerable damage to the roof and wallheads of the barn porch section.
Pear Tree Conservation received a brief from Mann Williams Engineers to repair the fabric of the barn, return it into a safe and stable condition and to allow it to carry the load of a tiled roof. As well as repairing the tops of the walls and recovering the roof, a key element of the work was to restructure the south porch in oak, retaining the small amounts of structure still in position at the interface with the main barn.
The team at Pear Tree expertly reconstructed the entire south porch roof using traditional oak pegged joints, with Hewins fresh sawn prime grade European oak.
As with any conservation project of this nature, there were some unforeseeable elements that occurred, but our proactive and adaptable approach ensured that these were effectively managed to ensure the project remained on track.
"The quality of the oak was excellent throughout and both the customer, and the structural engineer are exceptionally pleased with the end result. As always, Hewins’ organisation and quick response times meant that any delays on site were kept to an absolute minimum."
Images courtesy of Pear Tree Conservation.
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