The house at Harford.

The old roofing materials removed...

with nails, battens and felt at the ready...

the new roof begins to take shape.

The whole roof is being renewed...

along with repairs to the weathered chimneys.

All ready for the slates.

The interior can now dry out ready for renovation.

Original features.

Roofing will extend to the out-buildings...

where the old materials are in need of urgent attention.

Old buildings with character...

all set in the wooded landscape of Dartmoor.


Dartmoor is famous for its natural beauty and its history which goes way back to Saxon times and beyond and while it’s the role of the Dartmoor National Park Authority to ensure that this landscape remains intact for us and for future generations, it’s also down to us to play our part. At South Hams Roofing we are proud of our traditional roofing methods, not merely to meet planning regulations, but so that we complete work and leave a legacy for the future; one that ensures that our work fits in with the existing and sometimes very old techniques, work that is truly sympathetic within the natural setting of a place as beautiful as Harford.

  • Historic farmhouse on Dartmoor.
  • Traditional roofing methods.
  • Lugo slates and traditional roofing felt.
  • Chimney repairs.

The farmhouse at East Coombeshead can trace back its origins to 1330 – that’s over 700 years. The earliest documents name previous owners including the Scobhyll or Scobell or Scobill – derivations of the name Scoble.

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, the house formed part of a much larger estate, with a lease document dated 1564 permitting a lease for a year from Thomas Wattes of Tavistock to Andrew Bounsall of Sheepstor.

This is a house with a story to tell. The next chapter in the story is the sympathetic overhaul including the roofing works.

Ann Willcocks: “This is a wonderful old property where next to nothing has been altered for generations. It’s likely that the farmhouse has been occupied and then left empty at times over the last 200 years; many properties were abandoned during the late 1700’s and into the 1800’s and then re-occupied during the great re-build.”

Pete Scoble: “It really is a privilege to work on such an old and interesting property; the whole building just has so much history that you can see today just by looking around. It’s really important that we keep the feel of the place; it’s so easy to damage or even destroy the special essence of such places by using the wrong materials and techniques. Here we are using the traditional roofing felt to help maintain the bat colony that lives in the roof, but we are adding modern vents and bat access points. The old slates have reached the end of their life so we are using Lugo slates which will work well in this setting.”

Anne: “When undertaking this sort of work it was really important for us to find people who understand the history and who are up to the job. They were not the lowest quote, but we were very fortunate to have a team who team recognised the care required for this building.”

If you are interested to see other roofing projects on Dartmoor recent work includes The Church of St Petroc in Harford and The Shippon Barn.

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