Specialist Lime mortar restoration - Oxfordshire.

  • Interior and exterior Cotswold stone repointing
  • Houses/Cottages/Converted barns
  • Fireplaces and hearths
  • Grade One and Two listed buildings




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Lime mortar is what was used in the construction of older houses. It's both porous and flexible and will not crack or make houses damp in the same way as cement does.

Like many who are dedicated to the conservation of historic properties, I take great joy in my job and have been working on exclusively built period properties for many years.

Whenever I use a natural hydraulic lime I employ the use of a high free lime content NHL with a low compressive strength. This means you get a highly porous and flexible mortar. 


Stow-on-the-Wold repointing: This 500 year old Stow-on-the-Wold dry built garden cottage needed much remedial work.

Below. Freshly applied mortar on cottage in Grafton just outside of Clanfield near Bampton. This was completed using a blend of Oxfordshire and Devonshire sands and NHL 3.5.

Close up:

Converted barn in Thornborough before.

After: I used locally quarried sharp and fine washed sand for this in combination with NHL3.5.




Greatworth, Northamptonshire:

Before: as you can see there was a lot of work here. Probably the worst case of neglect I'd ever seen. Eavestones, quoins and a lot of stone had to be replaced alongside an extensive amount of chimney restoration

Apex during restoration:

The gap is where the iron stone eavestone had been. It had deteriorated beyond repair and needed to be fully replaced. 

After replacement with cut stone. 

Grad 11 listed thatch, Pury End, Northamptonshire.


As you can see from  the photograph below, the apex needed substantial repair. 


Witney cottage





After.  Removing hardware such as satellite dishes, and TV aerials can make a big difference. 


After: Re-routing external wiring makes the stonework look much cleaner.

Before. The moment I began to work on these corner pieces they began to disintegrate. You can see the tell-tale cracks in the cement mortar which resulted from thermal expansion and ground movement.


Below: much of this cottage had been built with hand dressed Bath stone and it had deteriorated badly because it had been repointed with cement mortar. In addition to this, many of the quoins had been savagely eroded by weathering.

After. Now that the work is completed the property will be much warmer in winter. In addition to this it has had value added to it.

Re-routing pipes and hiding the mains electricity cable in addition  to re-siting gas and electricity meters makes for a much tidier finish.

Before: All of these quoins were damaged and so needed either replacing or repairing


Before: a wall had been built into the side  of the house and this is what it looked like when it was removed.



Below: a close-up section of dressed stone repointed with NHL

Cassington cottage before


To see a video of this project 

Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, Grade Two Listed thatched cottage refurbishment: This property was in need of new Hornton stone in addition to re-pointing with natural hydraulic lime mortar.

A number of pieces of stone on above property were repaired using organic pigments added to a specialist filler

Beckley (grade two listed) cottage repointing project before work started:

Beckley, Oxfordshire, after: The existing mortar was raked out and replaced with natural hydraulic lime repointing.

Kingham cottage, Oxfordshire, before. A garage/outbuilding had been removed from the front elevation of this property.

Some careful refurbishment was needed and now stone repair, replacement and repointing all form part of the natural organic makeup of the house.

The following year

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Wolvercote cottage, Oxfordshire. This cottage was  covered in waterproof cement render which I removed before applying permeable lime mortar.

Kingham cottage before


Champhered cill replacement. Grade two listed building, Old Headington

I class this type of work as like-for-like repair.

Replacing a mud fillet on a porch overhang. 

I work in line with the Conservation Department's strict criteria for contractors. When repointing large areas on listed buildings, I am often required to provide an example square metre which is examined before work on the property can go ahead. However, where like for like repairs are concerned there is no need for consent.

Conservation Departments require that only lime mortars are used in listed properties. Although it is common practice for many contractors to add cement to their lime mortar mixes there is no evidence - to my knowledge - which suggests this is of any benefit. There is however, evidence that it may contribute to failure of the bond as it pollutes the mix. Below are photos of work which I have completed and there is also much information concerning the user of lime mortar. If cement is used then both client and contractor can be liable for prosecution.


Repointing project in Witney 
After. The front, rear and part of the side elevation were all repointed with lime mortar.

Below: This converted barn in Buckland, Oxfordshire, had suffered as result of poor tradesmen's workmanship and I was commissioned to renovate many aspects of it.This included stone replacement, repair and repointing.

After. Much new lime mortar and new stone were used

Project in Fyfield.

Before. This thatched cottage in south west Oxfordshire needed repointing with lime mortar.

After 1

After 2

Below: The house the following summer. The lime mortar repointing has hardened up over the year and will continue to build up its strength.

Interior stonework:

Project in Kidlington after repointing

Project in Witney, before.

After. The stairwell of this Witney cottage now benefits from stonework in keeping with the character of the house.

Dining room wall at Pury End, Northamptonshire

Before: cement mortar, cracks, broken stone.


After (below) - natural hydraulic lime curing.

As warmer air rises it means that mortar at the top of a wall will dry out earlier than that which is applied to the base. Couple to this the fact that gravity draws moisture downwards and you'll begin to see why it always takes longer for mortar applied lower down to cure.

After - drying out





Sometimes on smaller projects more convenient for the client if the mortar is mixed in the workshop and transported to site 








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