Clay construction mortars in use today

16th March 2020

A reminder of how we built in the UK, upto the mid-18th century, when no lime was readily available. This photo shows a Ethiopian monk constructing a new house out of local volcanic rock and clay rich subsoil mixed with fine teff straw.

Our mortar analysis service regularly reports on clay mortars and plasters found in our old buildings and we continue to produce clay daubs for repair and restoration.