Hetton Smithy Complete! September 2013

15th September 2013

We've just finished the restoration and conservation works to the C18th Grade II Smithy at Hetton le Hole, County Durham. Whilst a modest scheme, It did have a few ‘challenges’ on the way…


We repaired the walls and roof structure and unexpectedly had to rebuild the south gable, hearth, fire opening and stack- on new foundations. The existing recovered pantiles were re-laid and the shortfall made up in recovered handmade tiles donated by Beamish Museum - who also kindly provided railway sleepers for the horse shoeing area flooring. The new, profiled timber gutters and cast iron downpipes are a great improvement.  The Yorkshire sliding sash was remade and joinery redecorated. We also learnt about Scoria blocks (bricks made from slag from steel manufacture) and these now form the paving at the entrance.   


Yet, despite the challenges, the team made up of; John Guy, the owner; Durham County Council’s Limestone Landscapes team as client and Classic Masonry, the contractor, all pressed on with what became a labour of love as we faced another dilemma.


Of course, all this would have been unable to be carried out without the financial assistance of The Heritage Lottery Fund who, at a difficult point in the project, came up trumps with additional funding for the unforeseen work.


Pictured are Peter Dunn, Principal Technical Officer and Ken Bradshaw, Heritage Officer at Limestone Landscapes Partnership putting the finishing touches in place.



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