Childrens’ Messages Preserved In Roof Slates

A group of children in Sandwell have been given an opportunity to write down messages on reclaimed roof slates as part of the transformation of a country house and park.

An article on the council website reports that the children from year 6 at a local primary schools were asked to leave a message on the tiles which will make for interesting reading for them in the future.

The Lightwoods House and park in Sandwell will be transformed thanks to lottery funding and will include restored drinking fountains, a 19th century bandstand, the Shakespeare inspired Garden, as well as a children’s play area according to the local council.

Local councillor Steve Eling said: “This is a unique opportunity which I hope will be an enduring memory for the children who took part.

In future years they can tell their own families about the message that they have on the roof of Lightwoods House.”

Reclaimed roof slate tiles make ideal replacements for worn out tiles in old country houses and help preserve character. Slate tiles were the material of choice for many buildings in the 19th century due to the natural abundance of slate and its durable properties. Slates were also in widespread use in schools when paper wasn’t so readily available as it is today.

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