Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Getting there...

There wasn't a lot left by the time the fragile bits were cleared away, but nearly all of the stone could be salvaged and - immodest as it seems - a rather better building has resulted. The original house was extended upwards in the early 1900s, and the standard of workmanship was mind-bogglingly bad - bricks were laid stacked with no bonding, bits of loose timber were used structurally and overall it was a miracle the place had stood as long as it did.

Then the extension could go ahead, properly tied into the stonework. Yes, blockwork, I know - but given the work involved, I'm bloody glad they didn't want the whole thing in rubble-stone!

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