Chalkstone lime mortar repointing and stone repair - Oxfordshire.
The photograph above is a section of chalkstone in Uffington. I restored both the front and rear elevations. I also did some internal work using imported sand from Devon. All external work was undertaken using lime mortar made with local sands.
The photograph below is what the rear elevation looked like before:
After. With freshly curing mortar.
Please note, the work was done in winter and the mortar is dark because it's still drying. A number of pieces of stone had to be repaired as obtaining small amounts of chalkstone in exact sizes for replacement is not cost effective. The airbricks, of which there were two, were a pointless addition by a previous builder and were removed.
When having this type of work undertaken it is essential to use only lime putty made from the finest quality Lincolnshire chalk lime. Preferably hot-mixed using quicklime.
Villages such as Uffington, Ashbury, Coxwell, Woolstone, Lambourn and Fernham are peppered with these ancient properties (many of which are listed) complete with their thatch roofs and cottage gardens which tell of a time long ago.
These testaments to a bygone age- some dating back as far as the medieval age - are an important part of our heritage. However, owning a property of this historic significance does not come without its responsibilities and complications.
If you have a chalkstone house and you're considering repairs or you're thinking about buying one then you may find my blog below useful.
If you're a surveyor and want to know more about what to look for when reporting on period properties than you may also find valuable information in the blog below.
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