Understanding Marple Lime Kilns

12th November 2016

I was a delight to be asked by the Fiona, Pam and Rachael for my advice on running workshops to help interpret how Marple Lime Kilns where used and how this could feed in to the associated archaeological digs and the conservation of Mellor Mill. When Samuel Oldknow built Mellor Mill in 1790-92, it was the world’s largest spinning mill. Initially powered by a huge 6.7m diameter waterwheel, by 1804, 550 people worked here, mostly women and children.

It would be good to see you

4th November 2016

Why not call in and say hello to Mark on our stand M199 at the Homebuilding and Renovating Show which starts today in Harrogate. Advice on lime mortars, plasters and renders, natural insulation and sewage treatment plants

Sensitive refurb planned for Forge Cottage

1st November 2016

Womersley’s are pleased to advise on the sensitive refurbishment planned for the modified 17th century Forge Cottage at Chop Gate, with adjoining blacksmiths forge dated 1826.

Last of Five Days at Grand Designs promoting Womersleys

23rd October 2016

A busy 6 days setting up and manning our stand at Grand Designs and UK Construction Week.

Stabilising a boundary wall with Hydraulic Hot Lime Mortar

1st October 2016

Brick Tie a company specialising in stabilising walls recognise the need to use lime mortars when selectively rebuilding and pointing older walls. To enhance their knowledge of lime mortars they asked Womersley’s to advice and work with them whilst using hydraulic hot lime mortar in the repair of a St Marys Church boundary wall

Its nice to be appreciated

30th September 2016

I am grateful to John for his kind words following the lime training day which I helped run for Wolverhampton City Council:

“I am just writing to say a big thank you for yesterday. We have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback on the day:- on course content and presentation; the hands on opportunities; the diverse mix of participants and the way you somehow managed to pitch it so that everyone both enjoyed themselves but also gained additional knowledge and experience. Looking forward to our next day. John”

The historical development of a simple wall

29th September 2016

David Northing a local builder with a great respect for the history of buildings and places asked me if I wanted to see a wall build-up he found, whilst rebuilding a gable end in Liversedge, West Yorkshire. The clay mortars used to build the wall date the building to the era of cottage cloth production.


Training with Help the Heroes Volunteers

29th September 2016

It was a pleasure to be asked by Judy from the Canal and River Trust to help enhance the skills of the Help for Heroes funded volunteers, who are assisting with the restoration of the Pocklington Canal near York. The Canal was first completed in 1818.

Lime Mortar Training Yesterday at Womersley's

21st September 2016

Lime Mortar Training Yesterday at Womersley's, Hot Limes, Fat Lime and Hydraulic Lime Mortars. Thanks to all those who joined us.