Shingles in-spire Church renovation

The project

All Saints Church in the North Yorkshire hamlet of Burton in Lonsdale is a Grade II* listed building, completed in 1876. This Anglican church was built with sandstone and slate in the Gothic Revival style. It has been a focal point for the tight-knit, quiet community that it serves, population under 600, ever since.

The distinctive broach spire had been suffering from weather erosion and needed extensive repairs and renewal, in particular to the shingle cladding, as it was around 60 years old.

A substantial grant was secured from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, helping the project to take shape.

The solution

Experienced conservationists John Coward Architects from Cartmel in Cumbria specified rustic-looking JB Shingles for the restoration of the All Saints Church spire.

This had been their product of choice previously, and they knew that the project demanded a long-life solution that was straightforward to fix and would blend in perfectly with the local rural environment.

Contractors Lambert Walker Ltd were appointed to carry out the work as part of a larger, four-month contract at the church. Sometimes needing to operate in adverse weather conditions, it was fortunate that JB Shingles and proprietary JB ShingleFix are always easy to use. More than 150 bundles of the product were required, and completion by the Lambert Walker team was on time.

Why JB Shingles?

Low-carbon JB Shingles are a highly popular, effective roofing and cladding solution. Produced from naturally beautiful western red cedar in Canada and accredited through John Brash’s membership of the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau (CSSB), the shingles are light to transport, quick to fix on site and require zero maintenance afterwards. With one of the lowest carbon footprints of any widely used building product, they offer a high degree of thermal insulation, are extremely durable, are treated with a clear preservative and weather consistently to blend into the environment. They come with a 40-year guarantee and were an ideal choice for this lovely North Yorkshire church, needing to harmonise with their surroundings.


Mark Antrobus, senior quantity surveyor at Lambert Walker, described JB Shingles as “a splendid product, most suitable for this situation”. He said: “Shingles are not commonly used by us, but the fixing instructions were clear and thorough. We were able to complete on time, to the client team’s total satisfaction, in spite of the adverse weather.”

Church Warden Ann Whitworth expressed her delight at the results. “It has given a lift to the whole area, hugely admired. It’s quite beautiful,” she said.

John Coward Architects
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