With the introduction of ordinary portland cement during the 19th century the use
of lime mortar in new constructions gradually declined, largely due to cements ease
of use, quick setting and compressive strength. However the soft, porous properties
of lime mortar provide certain advantages when working with softer building materials
such as natural stone and timber. For this reason, while cement continues to be commonly
used in brick and concrete construction, in the repair of older, stone-built structures
and the restoration of historical oak timber framed buildings, the use of cement
has largely been discredited.
Despite limes enduring utility over many centuries, lime mortar's effectiveness as
a building conservation material has not been well understood, time-honoured practices
were based on tradition, folklore and trade knowledge, vindicated by the vast number
of listed buildings that still remain standing. Only during the last few decades
has empirical testing provided a scientific understanding of limes remarkable durability.
Here are pictures taken of restoration conservation to very old traditional wattle and daub panels, luckily unspoilt in time. Traditional lime mortars, lime plasters and lime washes have been used in the renovation of these panels, helping to preserve the history of this Grade 2 Listed Oak Frame Building for many years to come.