Cragside House Clock Tower

The National Trust
Architect/Client Representative: 
Richard Elphick Architect
Contract Value: 
Finished gutter detailing


Cragside is a Victorian country house and was the home of William Armstrong. It was the first house in the world to be lit using hydroelectric power from the lakes and dams built within the estate for this purpose.

The Project

The clock tower, previously a country lodge, stands in the formal grounds of the estate. It has a steep gable to each side with an octagonal clock tower and central cupola tower and spire. Historic Property Restoration were warded the works through a competitive tender process.

Scope of works

The restoration works included the complete re-roofing of the slate roofs with new Rosemary tiles with associated leadwork. The timber substructure was replaced with new T&G close boarded sarking boards and new barge boards were fitted.

New oak timbers were introduced to the Cupola tower to replace those decayed beyond repair. The leadwork to the finial was repaired and replaced and the weathervane redecorated with gold leaf paint.

The timber barge boards and decorative timber finials and features were sympathetically repaired and replaced and then re-decorated.

Specialists were engaged to carry out the cleaning of the clock faces and the installation of new clock hands. Minor stonework repairs and repointing and timber repairs and redecoration works completed the restoration.

Historic Property Restoration Ltd Partners

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