Recently we carried out roof repairs and lead replacement works to a beautiful old church in the middle of the woods in Berkshire.
The roof had obviously been replaced some time in the past, but what amazed me were the original rafters to the main roof.
These were still in good order, and had been crafted to suit the roof slopes.
The spacing of each rafter was less than 2 foot , very substantial timbers and held together with wooden dowels.
The church tower was clad in wooden shingle tiles to reduce the weight on the rafters. To be honest with rafters like this, it could have been clad in lead!
Traditional British workmanship at its best.