Aura Conservation secured the contract to restore and stabilise the shell of this Grade II Listed late 18th century/early 19th century dilapidated weavers cottage, the owners intentions being to restore the building to create a beautiful family home. The property was in a perilous condition posing quite a challenge to stabilise it and restore the structure without wholesale dismantling and reconstruction.
A weavers’ cottage was a house used by weavers for cloth production. Weavers’ cottages were common in Great Britain often with dwelling quarters on the lower floors and loom shop on the top floors. The long rows of windows were intended to maximise the light for the weavers at work.
The building located in Penistone, Barnsley in North Yorkshire sits in open land and in derelict condition with no access to services in its present state. The redevelopment involved restoring and stabilising the listed facades, creating new doorways and replacing windows and doors with replica fixtures in keeping with the originals.
Some areas of the building required dismantling and sections were rebuilt introducing steel beams and re-using existing stone where possible up to the roof plate.
Steels were also introduced to tie the whole structure back together.
Extensive repointing to all elevations was carried out and new window and door frames fitted and decorated accordingly.
The work was started in July 2014 and completed by October 2014. The beauty of the weavers cottage restored to its former state almost from the grave.