Tail Mill,
United Kingdom

Merriot - Somerset (UK)
Zero C
Davey Roofing

A top end housing development in the heart of the West Country features the conservation of a listed mill property as well as elegant new roof designs: all articulated using Cupa Slate: specified for their quality and long lifetime guarantee, as well as their highly aesthetic appearance.

Tail Mill in Merriott, close to Crewkerne in Somerset, is being refurbished and converted along with the construction of new residential properties, built by developer Zero C – with the three and four bedroom executive homes commanding asking prices of £4-500,000. Yeovil based Davey Roofing is the specialist sub-contractor which has been installing thousands of the Cupa R12 slates since August last year, with RSL in Exeter being the stockist which originally proposed the specification of the product for the prestigious project.


Tail Mill in Merriott
Tail Mill – England

The Branch Manager for RSL in Exeter, Lee House, commented:

“There were a number of reasons for putting forward the Cupa R12 slate to the customer. It was a job where quality and longevity were paramount and we know that is always certain with Cupa, with the R12 offering a 100 year guarantee. I have also dealt with the area rep, Nigel Tozer for a number of years and we get good support from the company.”

The site dates back to as early as the 13th Century when it was used as a corn and grist mill, and has undergone various changes of use from sailcloth manufacturing through to munitions and plastic moulding.

James Armitage Architects retained the majority of the historically significant buildings on the site and the masterplan was devised to provide accommodation around a series of courts, creating 45 residential units of which 22 are new build houses.

The development involved extensive consultation with English Heritage and the local authority’s Conservation Officer, as well as existing residents in the area.  Each property has been designed to compliment its setting, incorporating traditional styling and character features typical of the area, with a combination of local natural stone and timber cladding beneath the mainly slate roofs.

More than 10,000 slates have been supplied to Davey Roofing on the fast selling development so far by RSL, with more deliveries expected as the work continues.

Tail Mill in Merriott
Cupa Slate specified for Tail Mill


Non-carbonated slate formed by tectonic compression. Dark grey slate with thin laminations and a smooth surface.


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