Northamptonshire Churches buckle from lead theft

church-lead-theftIt has long been a problem for churches and local Parishes, and thieves have recently struck again in Northamptonshire. In August this year, St Mary’s Church in Great Brington, the Spencer’s family church, became the latest target of lead thieves. The grade one listed church was stripped of over 3,000 square feet of lead from the roof, seriously debilitating the Church.

Recent thefts have led to a conference this week being held to discuss what can be done. The Archdeacon of Northampton will lead the seminar discussing steps that can be taken to prevent lead theft, and will provide an update on the situation in Northamptonshire.

St John the Baptist Grade 1 listed Church in Bromsgrove
St John the Baptist Grade 1 listed Church in Bromsgrove

Dryseal is a GRP component based roofing system that can be formed to look just like lead. It holds Secured by Design certification, a Police initiative to design out theft and improve security for buildings and is recommended by SBD as a viable alternative to lead or copper.
The Dryseal system is the ideal for heritage buildings as it is lightweight and holds no value to thieves. Hambleside Danelaw has been delighted to be able to assist in preserving English history with the re-roofing of various Churches throughout the UK.

Read further details in our Dryseal case studies on St Mary’s Church of Willesden and All Saints Church in Leamington Hastings. For further details, please contact us via telephone on 01327 701 900 or via email on