old-fashioned lime plaster

Posted by carlotta on Thursday May 31st, 2012 at 11:58am

I was speaking to the plasterer today at Glynde Place. He was telling me that he uses lime plaster, a type that has been used for hundreds of years. It has to be used on a Grade I listed building like this. One concession to modernity is the artificial hair that replaces horse hair, the traditional binding material for lime plaster.

We were looking at the walls that he was covering over. They are built of huge blocks of chalk that have so obviously been dug out of the surrounding hillsides of the South Downs. The exterior walls are made of flint, probably picked up from the local fields by farmers. Flint is found everywhere here. The huge oak beams that hold up the floors and roof might well have been cut from nearby forests. I love the thought of such a beautiful building being constructed of the raw materials of countryside around it. The two pictures below are from quite a few months ago but show how these materials have been used.


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