History of St Lawrence Church

The Anglican church of St Lawrence in the village of Alton, Hampshire is a Grade I listed building. This notable church was built on the site of the 1651 English Civil War “Battle of Alton”.

However, the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Alton dates from around AD 500 and there was most likely a church on this location then.

The building is an amalgamation of styles that, like so many older English churches, resulted from the additions and extensions being made over the centuries. The three distinct styles are early Norman and early English Gothic, as well as  variants of Perpendicular and Tudor architecture.

Work carried out at Alton

The work we carried out in 2017 involved stripping the church spire of cedar shingles and replacing them with oak shakes, including close mitered hips and lead soakers. We also fixed lightning conductors around the building.

Whilst working on the roof we provided much needed ventilation by installing 104 new lead lucarnes! In the picture you can see that we have also gilded the weather-vane to create a really nice finish.

Once work on the roof was completed, we commenced work on the ground. A new drainage system was needed, because the current drainage system was failing. By fitting cast iron downpipes and installing a new soak-away system we managed to solve the drainage issues.

Why choose West Country Tiling

Our team has over 30 years of experience working with historical buildings, including churches, National Trust and English Heritage properties, private residences and traditional school buildings. When contracting us you will have access to our fully qualified Master Roofers who have vast experience in repairing, refurbishing and restoring historical roofs.

If you have a roofing project that needs to be carried out by our experienced team, please get in touch on 01373 462 224 or by emailing us on info@westcountrytiling.com