Cragside House Clock Tower

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 National Trust
Architect/client representative
Richard Elphick Architect
Contract value

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.

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.

The finished Clock Tower

The Dean and Chapter and its Fabric Advisory Committee is thrilled with the quality of work produced by HPR Ltd. The skills exhibited in stone masonry are particularly fine. Managers and staff have developed good relations with the client team – we couldn’t have asked for better attitude or commitment.

Lindy Gilliland Testimonial -
Lindy Gilliland - Newcastle Cathedral Project Manager

"From my personal perspective, this was one of the best projects I have been involved with over the last 35 years as a Chartered Building Surveyor, RIS Accredited in Building Conservation. My client role on this was a complete pleasure, because you and your team were first class, complementing the excellent professional design team. Well done!"

Richard Dunn -
PCC Project Co-ordinator, for St John the Baptist Church, Wilberfoss

"May I take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for your professional and unfailingly helpful conduct during this project. We particularly appreciate the efforts made to overcome the deficiencies and problems arising from the previous contractor."

Andrew Bodenham -
Blackett Ord Conservation

"HPR recognise, and allow for, the necessary archaeological recording to take place during consolidation work and the disruptions that this may cause to their planned programme of work comes as no surprise to them. This awareness means that their workforce is able to be pro-active in informing the archaeologist of any possible instances when recording may be necessary."

Mick Krupa -
NPHT Archaeologist at Nenthead Smeltmill

"Historic Property Restoration carried out the first phase of the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Town Hall. The company were extremely professional in their approach throughout the entire process as befits a company with extensive experience in the conservation and restoration sector."

David Lodge -
Greater Morpeth Development Trust

"Historic Property Restoration deliver good quality work to programme and budget on a regular basis. They are reliable and value for money."

Ian Merritt -
English Heritage Conservation and Maintenance Manager
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The verge detail

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.