Bersham Church

St Mary's Plas Power is a wonderfully charming and picturesque church situated at the heart of the peaceful village of Bersham, near Wrexham in North Wales. The first time CEL had come across a zinc roof on a church and now this a system used widely as a lead alternative
Chair of trustees Lloyd Fitzhugh says "I was delighted with the way the project was carried out. The architect and CEL worked extremely well together, both being very sympathetic to the uniqueless of the church and it's environment."

Project Overview

Client: Fitzhugh Family

Location: Bersham - Wrexham

Architect: Tim Ratcliffe

Contractor: C.E.L

Value: £95,000

Programme: 16 Weeks

Materials: Zinc, Carpentry, Castiron Rainwaters

Bersham Church

This tranquil church was built during the late nineteenth century and contains many original features, most notably the beautiful bell tower with full complement of bells

 The church was founded and built by Thomas Lloyd FitzHugh in 1875. His wife Emily Mary from Charlecote in Warwickshire took a great interest in the building and is the reason why the architect and organ builder were both from that county. It was originally built without a bell tower; however, one was added some years later.

Following a successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund and CADW, together with local fundraising and other charity donations, work was carried out over the winter of 2008/9 to replace the original zinc roof with a new one, replace all the gutters and down-spouts and install a new drainage system. This should ensure the fabric of the Church for future generations.

The use of Zinc in this application is one that is not generally seen within the UK but has great usage in France. Working in close partnership with VM Zinc C.E.L Ltd where able to bring all of its experience in working with zinc roofing to ensure the system was as good if not better than the original which had lasted well over 125 years.