Nethway House, 17th Century Manor in Kingswear

Old lead to be removed...

new lead detail...

more leadwork...

Where old lead meets new..........

Patch repairs to the lead

....and finished

Nethway House is a large, late 17th Century Manor House in Kingswear. It has a fascinating history, passed from family to family, some restoring it, some neglecting it, some giving it a new lease of life as a refuge for children fleeing their home town of Plymouth in the 2nd World War. It claims to be a Calendar house which is a house that symbolically contains architectural elements in quantities that represent the respective numbers of days in a year, weeks in a year, months in a year and days in a week, a claim still to be substantiated by the current owner, but the 52 windows and 4 chimneys may be a clue…

Over the years the house has suffered from storm damage and various repairs have been made to the roof. It originally had a double pitch to the roof, but the valley between these pitches was covered over by laying a flat lead roof between them. Sadly, now this lead roof has also failed and South Hams Building Company have been brought in to replace sections of this roof so that it can be protected from the worst of the weather particularly given it’s proximity to the coast.

  • Remove failed lead and rotten boards
  • Replace lead and recycle any good lead that could be saved

Boyd Rogers: “This project has run very smoothly. It’s a good job our team are not afraid of lifting weights – getting the lead up onto the roof is always the biggest challenge due to it’s sheer dead weight, and requires a co-ordinated team effort. The end result is a strong and durable lead roof, beautifully laid by our team of leadsmiths. It’s just a shame hardly anyone will ever see it!’

The original brief was to replace the lead on the South West corner of the roof, but while the team were working on this it became very clear that the extent of the damage required replacement of lead in other areas as well. Despite this, the team have brought the project in on time and the owner of the house is very pleased with the results. Any lead that was removed but still useable has been re-laid in accordance with Lead Association standards to match in with the new.

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