The Coleorton Community Bakehouse is located on The Moor, opposite the post box just down from Pitt Lane. See the Heritage Trail leaflet and map. Research to date indicates that the building may have been erected around 1813 by Sir George Beaumont as a resource for his tenants in the village.
The re-building has been going very well indeed and all the brickwork is now complete. The roof has been rebuilt using as many of the original tiles as possible and the final tile was fitted in November 2011. We need to thank a number of people for their very kind donations of tiles to make up for those broken. Not only is the Bakehouse weatherproof but we can now turn our attentions to re-building the ovens inside and getting the structure listed with English Heritage.
The bricks used were original as far as possible with additional bricks obtained from the re-building work at Pear Tree Cottage and from the old mine buildings at Swannington, all of which would have been reasonably contemporary with the original Bakehouse. The Roof timbers were not re-usable and the wall plates and purloins are of new larch. The door lintel is of seasoned oak, and the rafters re-cycled from a building in Upper Moor Road, which was having a new roof. The battens are of new material. The original tiles were re-used as far as possible, but made up from re-cycled tiles donated from a number of sources.
The brickwork is now complete with the internal gable taken up to the Purloins. The final few tiles, to complete the tiling round the chimney, had to wait until “spares” could be obtained from Pear Tree cottage and were fitted on the 2nd December to complete the roof.
On Wednesday the 7th December the final of pointing and cementing of the tiles to the battens, from the inside of the building, was carried out together with clearing away the accumulated waste from the building activities. Externally outstanding is glazing of the window, and the making of a new door and door frame, and the creation of a walk-way round part of the Bakehouse from the remaining bricks.
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