Batcombe Lodge Grade II Listed

Client: Robert O'Farrell & Sally Pollitzer
Location: Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Solve damp problems on south west corner. Remove exterior plastic paints from Ashlar stone. Replace failed stone with new and carry out 'plastic' lime repairs to shallow areas of failed masonry. Re-point where necessary and limewash. Fix new facia and guttering.

This former hunting lodge had been suffering with damp for many years. The front elevation is west-facing and being at the head of the valley gets the best and worst of the elements.

To formalise the lodge the front elevation was clad with a Bath stone Ashlar fixed to the building with iron cramps.

The building was traditionally limewashed but latterly the application of a non-breathable paint trapped water, causing iron cramps to rust and expand damaging the surrounding masonary.

The paint was removed with a steam system, all open joints raked out and re-pointed with lime, failed masonry blocks replaced with new stone, piecing-in with stone to smaller areas of damage.

Shallow areas where the stone had blown were treated with a conservation approach.

Internally the failed cement and gypsum plasters were removed and replaced with lime plasters and breathable paints. This will allow the mass of the wall to dry out both internally and externally.


Batcombe Lodge side view before works began
Historical paint removed using plastic strips and High Pressure Steam
Stone work around window frame prepared for repair.
Stone ware repair complete.
Racking out pointing between stone ware.
Area prepared for, replacing damaged stone ware.