Architectural Conservation- Resurrecting a Mill
When I received a phone call to examine an old mill project I had hoped there would be at least four wall to work with! There was no roof structure or intermediate floors. The ground floor was compacted crushed stone. Some openings had been partly/fully closed with infill stonework. Timbers used for lintels had deteriorated. Pockets in the wall indicate where timbers forming intermediate floors would have been supported. There was no north gable wall. Lime mortar had deteriorated in a number of areas and posed a risk to the structural stability of certain areas of the walls. Ivy was in evidence on a number of walls and required removal in line with conservation best practice.
Local stonemasons were employed to carry out repair work to the existing stone walls. The stone masons are well versed in conservation techniques for traditional stone walls. Traditional lime mortar was specified for all repairs and re-pointing. The selection of the correct sand to be used was also an important consideration in terms of colour and coarseness. A number of sample areas to be prepared and approved prior to works commencing throughout. Stone found on the farmstead was used for repairs just as the original stonemasons would have done originally. the following photos demonstrate the level of finishing after repair works. They blend well into the existing fabric. Stone was dressed to the corners which match the detail on the existing stone corners of the building.