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Roof Torching - Training Opportunities - Fri 30th Sept, Sat 1st Oct and Mon 2nd Oct

We've partnered with SUDBURY GASWORKS RESTORATION TRUST LTD and H.A.BRIDDON LTD for a last minute, but very exciting, opportunity to learn the traditional skill of roof torching.

There will be opportunities this Friday (30th September), Saturday (1st Oct) and Monday (3rd) to work alongside heritage roofer Richard Jordan - Technical Trainer/Assessor and Consultant at Sudbury Gasworks, Derbyshire.

Torching is used on the underside of tiles or slates to keep them in place and to prevent strong winds from getting under the tiles and lifting them (as well as holding condensation). A mix of lime mortar mixed with horse hair is often used for torching.

Sudbury Gasworks opened in 1875. Attributed to George Devey, Sudbury Gasworks generated gas from coal to supply power to Sudbury Hall and the village. It is Grade II listed and is currently on the Derbyshire Dales District Council’s ‘Buildings at Risk Register.’

The building is currently undergoing restoration works following successful fundraising by a local charity, Sudbury Gasworks Restoration Trust (SGRT).

Thanks primarily to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the building should open as a contemporary community facility in Spring 2023.

No experience is needed to participate. You will need to be content with working at height on a scaffold deck that is reached via a tall ladder.

You will be given a health and safety induction to the site before commencing the training - it is essential that you undertake this before starting.

Booking is required via Eventbrite.

Places are free but donations to Sudbury Gasworks Restoration Trust are very welcome.

For health and safety reasons, we are limited to 5 people on each session. You may book onto more than one session. Please add yourself to the waiting list if places are full - we may be able to add future dates.

Please contact Lucy if you have any questions:

For more details about what is involved and to book your place:

This training event has been made possible thanks to Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust, Sudbury Gasworks Restoration Trust, Richard Jordan Heritage Roofer and conservation contractors, H.A.Briddon Ltd.


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