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.

Trialling hot lime mortar

21st September 2016

Trialling hot lime mortar, made with wet sand directly out of the river at a water wheel pit in Halifax. Photo by Iain Richardson

Latest build by Guy and Straw Works Ltd

11th September 2016

Delighted to be able to supply Guy and Staw Works Ltd with Clay and Lime Plasters for their latest build

Photo Source: Straw Works Ltd

Aglaia emulsions used at St Leonard's

11th September 2016

What a good looking job by Bernard Watson at St Leonard's Church using Womersley's Aglaia Natural and Breathable emulsions

Advice on Breathable Insulation for a Windmill

7th September 2016

Glad to provide advice on internal breathable insulation and lime plaster to the owner and builder restoring the Windmill at Mill House South Duffield. A c1800 red brick circular tower with the outer bricks laid ‘watershot’, on an angle, to prevent the wind driven rain from penetrating quickly in to the structure, which often causes problems for battered walls.

Breathable and natural paints for Lighthouse

6th September 2016

Womersleys have been supplying breathable Beeck Insil paint to the interior of Spurn Point Lighthouse that is has been refurbished by the Soper Group. Light colours in the stairwell but blacks in the lantern room to absorb light. This avoided reflections or distortions as the light shone out to sea.

More Lime Wash for West Wycombe Park

6th September 2016

The gardens at West Wycombe Park are among the finest and most idiosyncratic 18th century gardens in England. The park still contains many follies and temples including an octagonal tower known as the "Temple of the Winds", based on the Tower of the Winds in Athens. We are pleased to continue to supply natural mineral pigmented lime wash to the National Trust for decorating and protecting buildings within the park.

Our latest article in the Listed Heritage Magazine

5th September 2016

We are featured in the latest issue, Sept/Oct 2016, of the Listed Property Owners Club Magazine.

Toft Gate Lime Kiln in Nidderdale

4th September 2016

Toft Gate Lime Kiln in Nidderdale dates from 1860. A Continuous Burn, Dual Feed, Vertical Kiln. Part of Yorkshire's rich industrial heritage

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

3rd September 2016

Sprague was responsible for some of the most beautiful theatres in London and the Lyceum in Sheffield is worthy to be set beside any of these.