Steven, Tim and James of Cotswold Roofer started work today and by mid-day had much of the roof’s timbers exposed. Good news. Timbers and stone tiles all looked good given their age.
Methodically, tiles were lifted and their lengths noted, before being stacked in rows along the work-platform. Most of the tiles still had the oak pegs in place used to hang them from the battens. Steven reckoned the roof was more than a century old, with probably many of the tiles dating back to the cottage’s origin.
A lath and plaster ceiling in good condition was also exposed, and left untouched.
James commented he’d never worked on a roof with such a good view. We know.
Meanwhile, Scott from Hampton Consultants is getting close to finishing the damp-proof membrane lining of the cottage’s stone backwall.