Conservation Tour. Week 20.

Another week in North Wales, with a little jaunt over the border to Liverpool – and back again!

DAY 01: Welsh National Slate Museum https://museum.wales/slate/
Host: Terry Hughes
Brilliant Stone Roofing resource: http://www.stoneroof.org.uk

At the industry’s peak, there were 759 Quarries in operation throughout Wales. Today we are at 7. 

FullSizeRender.jpg
Learning all about the differences between ‘Random’ Vernacular Roofing v’s ‘Tally’ Modern Roofing, now having to conform to B.S. (British Standard) 5534. 
The first B.S. for roofing was introduced in 1942, prompted by the large-scale failure of imported slates from the continent. As standardisation has crept in, the knowledge base for vernacular, random roofing has gradually diminished. 
IMG_1442
The largest water wheel in mainland Europe! 

Penrhyn Quarry: http://www.welshslate.com

Peak output: 1870:
– 500,000 Tonnes of Slate Quarried
– 17,000 workers

2017:
– 15,000 Tonnes of Slate Quarried
– 280 workers.

Throughout the 1850s, large amounts of Welsh Slate was sent out to Australia in ships as ballast. Today, there is a large demand for Welsh Slate for conservation projects in Australia.

FullSizeRender.jpg-1

 

IMG_1455
Staggering.

IMG_1463IMG_1465IMG_1467IMG_1471

 

IMG_1451
All the slate dust makes the water that brilliant color.


DAY 02:
Stone Mason, William Taylor
http://www.taylormasonry.co.uk/IMG_1490

IMG_1492
Red Sandstone from St. Bees.
IMG_1494
High-Tech.
IMG_1496
Impressive, but a tool only. No amount of technology can replace an analogue training.
IMG_1519
St Stephen’s Church, Bodfari – Denbighshire

DAY 03:
Repair works to a private home in Handley.
Hosts: Recclesia Ltd (http://www.recclesia.com/)

IMG_1505

 

IMG_1507
Beautiful wattle and daub infill panels. The timber was traditionally Hazel, but are being repaired with Willow as it is easier to thread in for delicate repairs.

 

DAY 04:
Grade II Listed Cottage – 1630s
Host: Elgan Jones, Architect at Purcell.

IMG_1532
Not-so-Temporary Roof

IMG_1545

 

FullSizeRender.jpg-2.jpg

**Speed-Sketch** of the of the internal timber-frame.

Yr Ysgwrn
Home of Hedd Wyn – farmer, soldier, poet.
http://www.eryri-npa.gov.uk/visiting/yr-ysgwrn

“Purcell were appointed to explore a sympathetic strategy and design to allow an increasing number of visitors into Yr Ysgwrn, the former home of Hedd Wyn, an iconic Welsh language bard. As the traditional farmhouse stands largely unchanged, and as Hedd Wyn would remember it, the layers of history and artefacts, including his bardic chairs, meant the greatest challenge of the project was developing sensitive designs and interpretive strategies for the visitor experience without impacting upon the historic fabric.” (https://find-an-architect.architecture.com/ArchitectPractices/Purcell-North-Wales/Projects/Yr-Ysgwrn-146878.aspx)

 

IMG_1569
Visitors Centre sensitively positioned within the landscape.

IMG_1553

IMG_1580
Solid slate walls.

IMG_1593IMG_1565

IMG_1594
New pointing. Well-sized aggregate.
IMG_1602
Hiding-shed.

 

Screen Shot 2017-08-05 at 10.40.34 pm
Still looking… (photo courtesy of Jack Clare)

IMG_1604

DAY 05: Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby, Liverpool
Host: Lynda Junn, Chartered Surveyor of Jubb&Jubb (http://www.jubbandjubb.co.uk/)

IMG_1609
Inspecting the roofs of the Girls School Library – the oldest building on the School Campus – 1620s.
IMG_1616
Ready for some TLC.

IMG_1610

 

IMG_1624
A-Team.

‘Another Place’, 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along three kilometres of the foreshore, stretching almost one kilometre out to sea by artist Antony Gormley.

IMG_1630IMG_1643

20615619_10155790987746842_3884505352022591412_o
Piggy-back courtesy of Antony Gormley (photos courtesy of Aoife Murphy)
20545486_10155790988051842_4816167332064266963_o
Censored.

WEEKENDING: Bardsey Island – (Welsh: Ynys Enlli)

Up there on one of my favourite places, anywhere.
So much goodness wrapped up in the beauty of one little island, its people and its history.

IMG_1658IMG_1678IMG_1680IMG_1682IMG_1743IMG_1727IMG_1741IMG_1756IMG_1752IMG_1753IMG_1760IMG_1762IMG_1766IMG_1784IMG_1820IMG_1787IMG_1830

IMG_1836
Bumping back down the road to the mainland for the next set of adventures.

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s