A smart well maintained, lime pointed boundary wall not only offers security to a property but also a hint of what lies within.
A boundary wall of a Grade I Listed building in Shropshire. Here, the face of the brickwork had been badly eroded over many years, probably due to poor clay used in the brick manufacture. It was decided that the wall could be repaired rather than rebuilt. The eroded bricks were carefully removed and turned around thus maximising the use of original material and retaining the character of the wall.
‘Mr Lee used his exceptional skills to transform a very tired and dilapidated wall into a handsome surround to our garden. He managed to retain its appearance of age whilst ensuring it will remain sound for many years to come. His approach to his work is exemplary in that he is punctual and totally reliable, he produces very little disruption or mess and, when necessary, he works well beyond what can be expected as a working day and takes minimal breaks. He gives exceptional value for money’.
This wall was part of the traditional Edwardian boundary of the cemetery at Broseley in Shropshire.
The wall had been badly damaged by cows in the neighbouring field. The design of the pillars within the wall created a continuous row of crosses, fitting the purpose of the wall perfectly. Minimal intervention was paramount so as not to alter the character of the existing sections. It is tempting to point every part of a structure like this, but where the lime is doing its job and has not eroded, it should be left alone. Fortunately, the bricks had been carefully palletized and so the original material could be used. As a result, I feel that the character of the structure has been retained.
A curtilage listed boundary wall in Dunster, Somerset
A sequence of 'before' and 'after' photos showing a curtilage listed boundary wall in Dunster, Somerset in a state of disrepair. The attached piers were rebuilt from original material found on the property. The stone work was built exactly in the style that it had been originally constructed with a stone ‘spine’ to give support the lime covering. A hot (slaked) lime mix was used for the pointing and NHL for the capping and was matched to the existing mortar. The work was cured for four days.
New Gate Piers in a late 18th Century Boundary Wall
Initially, damaged and decayed brickwork was removed from the stopped ends of the walls, together will all modern cement repairs. A footing was prepared for a reinforced base for the two new gate piers.
The rebated piers were designed and built to be tied in to the existing repaired boundary walls. The timber frame was tied in using stainless wall starter clamps. The piers were constructed hollow and and reinforced with steel and limecrete. The bricks used were reclaimed Georgian era bricks but they were found to vary considerably in size, colour and form.
To counter this, the brickwork joints were ‘stopped up’ using a natural pigmented mix. In this way, not only could the joints of the brickwork could be closed up to form well aligned, tighter joints but also imperfections in the bricks could be filled. This having been done, the piers were colour washed with a natural pigment solution. This served to unify the colour and provide a good contrast with the lime pointing mortar.
The completed piers were mounted with pre cast reconsituted stone caps. The gates were lovingly painted by the property owner with several coats of linseed paint and a linseed & fine sand mastic used to seal between timber and brickwork elements. This project is an example of the use of traditional materials and methods to build a new structure which married perfectly with the original boundary walls and provide as fitting entrance way in to the property.