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Case Study
Motcombe Dovecote

Originally forming part of the farm yard for the Duke of Devonshire, this small project was on a building of great importance to the town. The adjacent pond is the source of Bourne spring from which Eastbourne got its name.

Clarke roofing were awarded the contract to carry out the works to this project. The Dove cote is situated in the open gardens of Motcombe. The gardens were to remain open at all times and all materials had to be carefully moved by hand due to access restrictions.

The existing roof, timber and flint work required urgent restoration. The true extent of the repairs necessary were not known until the works had started and the roof area opened up. Having removed the clay tiles the extent of repair was clearly evident. The substrate boarding and finial had to be extensively repaired and the top course of brick and flint corbel had to be rebuilt using lime mortar aggregates to match as closely as possible.

The roof was battened and re tiled using second hand peg tiles. The tiles had to be cut and fixed carefully to maintain bonding as we moved around the conical roof structure. A new lead cap was formed around a new oak finial to sit at the top of the conical roof. The resulting finish will ensure that the building will be preserved for many years to come.

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