Cornwall LivingIssue #113

A new life

We take a look at a recent sustainable upcycling project by Duke Stone of Cornwall; a vintage Victorian slate water tank turned into modern kitchen worktops.

local developer, Martin White, recently renovated a Victorian manor house and surrounding derelict outbuildings on the Lizard peninsula. In the house, a 200 year old substantial Delabole slate water tank was discovered in the loft, and it wasn’t long before it was carefully removed and taken to Duke Stone of Cornwall.

Delabole slate is quarried locally in north Cornwall from the largest and oldest working slate quarry in England. This particular slate is renowned worldwide for its durability and for its aesthetic appeal. Duke stone of Cornwall restored and repurposed this slate by designing, manufacturing and transforming the tank into beautiful kitchen worktops – the stunning results of which can be seen here.

The showstopper island, which was once the bottom of the water tank, is a spectacular piece of work at 10cm thick, showcasing the pearlescent grain which runs through the slate. The stunning kitchen worktops are a talking point amongst each new guest that checks in at this Airbnb, aptly named ‘The First Lady of The Lizard’ since the owners learnt that this building once housed the most southerly church in mainland Britain.

The Duke Stone of Cornwall team are experts in design and manufacture and are well versed when it comes to precisely tailoring your home to your needs, and this stunning project is a case in point. So, whether it’s a new build, a renovation, or simply the update of a single room, and you’re looking for expert help in bringing your project to life, be sure to give them a call!


Duke Stone of Cornwall Ltd

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