view of St Mary's church Shawbury

St Mary Shawbury tower roof repairs completed


St Mary’s church now has a new roof, with the structure below reinforced with steel.  The cross beams were badly damaged and the carpenter cut back to sound timber and repaired them with laminated oak boards.

cross beams before repair
rot in cross beams before repair


The carpenter repaired the cross beams with laminated oak boards
Laminate repair to cross beams


The structural engineer, Henry Thomas, designed the new steelwork to support the existing roof structure.

Steelwork supporting roof
New steel work in roof


The roof is now completely re-tiled and water-tight.

The roof is water-tight
Tiling is now complete

Just after the contractors started on site, a tornado hit the chancel parapet and water poured down the east window.  With additional funding from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund, and generous donations from parishioners, we were able to make a permanent repair to the parapet.

The stones were numbered before being taken off
Chancel parapet repair in progress

The contractors are Splitlath Conservation Ltd.   I first met them at the church of Knighton-on Teme, on an educational visit organised by the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association, and I was impressed with the quality of their work there.  So I was pleased when they won the contract for St Mary’s church, and  it has been a pleasure to work with them.

Last but not least of the members of the project team is the quantity surveyor, Simon Hughes of SP Projects Ltd.  Simon has done a sterling job of keeping the job within budget and giving the church members all the information on extra work they needed in order to apply for additional funds.

May 8th 2017 – Handover

Richard Nash (Splitlath Conservation Ltd) hands the “As Built” file to Cadi Price (St May Shawbury Parochial Church Council – job well done.

Handover meeting
Handover meeting

Kate Tebby’s interview about the project was broadcast on Radio Shropshire on Sunday 7th May at 7.37 am on the Ryan Kennedy show.  Click here to listen!



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