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Three Cranes, rotherham

For Hambys Ltd

Three Cranes is the oldest surviving domestic building in Rotherham and is a Grade II* listed building. In view of its importance, the building was a key element of a Townscape Heritage Initiative scheme. Woodhall acted as a specialist conservation architect for the project and our work involved the preparation of a historical report, a condition survey, development of a conservation philosophy for the building, a schedule of repairs and inspection of the repair work on site.


The historical report identified that the building had five principal phases of development. The Phase I building was a timber framed open hall with a dais at the south end and a curving decorative canopy over but only one and a half bays of this building was extant. Of particular importance was the extant section of coved canopy with clay daub and lime plaster finish, the timber framing and sections of a clay daub floor that remained within the roof void.


The repair work included extensive repairs to the Phase I and II timber framing; sensitive repairs to the Phase I clay daub canopy; restoration of lime plaster walls and ceilings; removal of external render to expose the timber framing on the principal (High Street) façade, with new lime render infill panels; new timber sliding sash windows; re-roofing; and replacement of rainwater goods.

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