The paper seeks to deal with vernacular roofing practices within the North York Moors National Park.
Initially the paper carries out a literature review of the geography and geology of the area and identifies what makes it physically unique. The paper then examines the development of various roofing materials, including thatch, stone slates and pantiles with case studies of old practice and modern methods from around the Park.
Roofing styles are simplistic and have steered away from the intricate in favour of the indigenous or readily available. The paper demonstrates the much‐regionalised nature of the roofing materials and recognises this as one of the special cultural features worthy of conservation.
The results are limited to the North York Moors National Park but the approach taken could be extended to other conservation areas.
The results of the research will benefit those involved in the conservation of vernacular buildings in the North York Moors National Park.
The paper calls for additional guidance for roofers and specifiers on traditional vernacular techniques and for existing funding under the Environmental Stewardship Scheme to be extended to include rural communities in National Parks.
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