New Pre Mixed Hydraulic Lime Introduced

25th June 2017

We have had concerns over the use of hot lime mortars, based on very pure quick limes, that we supply being used in exposed locations. Whilst there is a mountain of evidence that hot lime mortars form the basis of most historic mortars including plasters, after being left to mature, many of these where feebly hydraulic in nature. With this in mind we have introduced new dry pre-mixed hydraulic hot lime mortars which contain burnt clay pozzolana to give them a weak or moderate hydraulic set.

Sixteenth Century Beauty

25th June 2017

Spencer’s House, Hurstwood near Burnley. There is something very charming about the stone built sixteenth and seventeenth century buildings of Lancashire and Yorkshire.

The world’s first passenger railway station

25th June 2017

Liverpool Road Station Manchester 1830, the world’s first passenger railway station. Exhibited at and attended the excellent Annual IHBC annual conference yesterday, the event focused on the history and impact of transport.

Lime Render and Lime Wash on The Green

22nd June 2017

The Garden Cottage on the Green near York. Mike the owner has had the old cement render removed and we have supplied new hydraulic lime render and Portland Finest Buxton Lime Wash. Mark McCorrie has done a splendid job.


A seeded anhydrite hot lime attic floor screed

22nd June 2017

A seeded anhydrite hot lime attic floor screed supplied by Womersleys is being put down by Joe from Ornate Interiors at 14, Lendal, York city centre. York Conservation Trust are currently conserving and restoring this building, which was Robson & Cooper for 103 years until its closure last year.

The Valley of the Temples

10th June 2017

The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, a UNESCO world heritage site, comprising of eight temples built between around 510BC and 430BC constructed in a Doric style.  

Womersleys are running a training course in Sicily in March 2018 and this includes a visit to these Greek temples.

St Benedict Church, Sicily

8th June 2017

St Benedict Church, Castiglione Di Sicilia, beautifully scaled neoclassical styled early nineteenth century church front, in the shadow of Mount Etna

Forza d’Argo's Pink Hot Lime Mortars

6th June 2017

The hill town on the north eastern corner of Sicily. Under the later renders and pointing mortars, pink hot lime mixes fill the spaces between the random rubble stones and reused bricks that have been used to construct many of the buildings.

Womersleys are running a training course in Sicily in March 2018 and this includes a visit to this village made famous as a backdrop for The Godfather film.


Digging out Argillaceous Limestone and Marlstone

6th June 2017

Digging out Argillaceous Limestone and Marlstone in the hills behind Taormina and Castelmola in Sicily. These are lime-rich mudstones which contains variable amounts of clays and silt. The dominant carbonate mineral in most marls is calcite, lake chalk is sometimes used to describe it in Europe. This may have been burnt locally to produce hydraulic hot lime mixes.

Womersleys are running a training course in Sicily in March 2018 and this includes a lime kiln burn using this stone


Stucco formed Sugar Twist Baroque Columns

5th June 2017

A view inside the Church of Saint Catherine of Alexandra in Taormina Sicily. A 17th century baroque church built on the site of the Roman Odeon.

The Solomonic columns shown in the picture, also called Barley-sugar columns, helical columns, characterized by a spiralling twisting shaft like a corkscrew. At the church of Saint Catherine the columns are finished with Corinthian capitals and are formed and decorated with applied lime / gypsum stucco plaster.

Womersleys are running a training course in Sicily in March 2018 and this includes a visit to the church and practice with stucco decorative plaster.

Stanley Hall Restoration

5th June 2017

The Lyme Group have recently completed the conservation and restoration of Stanley Hall and its attached Cruck Barn. Both the Hall and Barn where built in the sixteenth century and modified and rebuild in the 19th and 20th centuries. Some of the original timber frame construction survives in both buildings, now encased in the sandstone walls.