Restoration of the Columbarium

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Restoration of the Columbarium: Phase II - The Roof (September - October 2009)

Repairs to the roof of the Columbarium, Brookwood Cemetery

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(Above) Replacement roof on the Columbarium showing abutment with the pediment, October 2009

This page provides a photographic record of the repairs to the roof of this attractive Grade II listed structure. Postcards are available of the Columbarium - see our publications pages.

Work on the Columbarium started at during the week of 24 August 2009 (see separate page). This page records the work of the roofing contractors, A E Hughes & Son.

After the completion of the stonework, A E Hughes moved on site to construct a new roof covering over the stonework. There was evidence of lead flashing, long since stolen and removed. The new ply covering is shown in the accompanying photographs prior to it being covered with roofing felt.

Repairs to the roof of the Columbarium, Brookwood Cemetery

 

(Right) Detail showing the abutment with the dome, which also shows one of the lenses in the dome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repairs to the roof of the Columbarium, Brookwood Cemetery

 

 

(Left) Photograph showing the external curve and overhang to ensure rainwater falls into the stone gutter (part of which is shown here).

Repairs to the roof of the Columbarium, Brookwood Cemetery

 

 

 

(Right) Photograph showing the external trim and drip prior to the ply being covered with roofing felt.

 

 

 

Although the main work to the roof was completed in October 2009, further attention was required to the gutters. Due to the bad weather at the beginning of 2010, this work was not finally competed until March 2010.

Repairs to the roof of the Columbarium, Brookwood Cemetery

 

 

 

(Left) Photograph showing one of the replacement down pipes to the Columbarium. Note the evidence of water damage to the wall on this side of the building, partly caused by the theft of the original metal down pipe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repairs to the roof of the Columbarium, Brookwood Cemetery

 

 

 

 

(Right) This photograph shows the extent of damage to the stone gutter on the other side of the building. Note the replacement guttering in place and the evidence of water damage to the wall beneath.

 

 

 

See also the page on our previous major restoration project, the Drake mausoleum.

Photographs The Brookwood Cemetery Society and John Deal

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