Santes Fair (Saint Mary’s), Grade II* Church in Dolbenmaen
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Working in conjunction with Sue Booth of the diocese of Gwynedd and Sir Fôn and Geoff Stott from pmo Architects, funding as achieved for a full strip and restore of this beautiful small listed church in Gwynedd. The roof had come to the end of its life and was in serious need of renovation. The two different slating styles on each face needed to be retained, so spare reclaimed purple slate were sourced from Pen Lleyn.
The standard ffestiniog 20×10 slates on the rear had perished, so good quality reclaimed slate from our private stock was used- this slate came from a job in Dolgellau and we think they originally came from Corris or possibly one of the mines on the Barmouth Coast- The right Welsh slate just keeps on going!
Reclaimed sandstone coping was requires for the bell coat which meant Rob Buck, who’s moved to Sheffield, traipsing around multiple reclaimation yards in Sheffield and Chesterfield to find the right replacment stone- we were desperate not to use any new materials that wouldn’t suit.
Its also worth noting that we managed to save the very ornate cast iron hopper and downpipes! We are so happy with this job and are thankful to all the partners who helped it happen, especially Ned Scharer from the The Natural Building Centre who always passionately helps with invaluable advice with all things lime. Ty-Mawr Lime Ltd. was used with local grit wash sand for the hot lime mix and 3.5 settings. I’m not sure where the horse hair came from though 😉 Also we’d like to thank David William Reynolds who helped with the internal work, and Snowdonia Natural Slate Products who made the Sun Dial.