Lime Repair – company history
Lime Repair was set up in 2008 by Julie Haddow, a lime plastering specialist with over 20 years’ experience. Julie began her love affair with historic buildings after completing an HND in ‘Design Crafts’ at Hereford College of Art & Design. Out of college Julies first job was repairing a Jacobean strap-work ceiling at Llowes Court near Hay on Wye on the Welsh Borders for Capps & Capps. Following a year working in Lebanon repairing mural ceilings Julie worked for St Blaise in Dorset.
In 2000 Julie was awarded the ‘William Morris Craft Fellowship’ by the SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) where she was influenced by notable craftsmen and women, structural engineers, architects and surveyors in the field of conservation.
Julie works as a lime and historic building consultant and has taught lime trade skills for Ty Mawr Lime, the SPAB, the Princes Foundation and The New Royal Botanic Gardens in Jordan. She has made contributions to English Heritage’s publication ‘Mortars, Renders & Plasters’ and Adam Weismann & Katy Bryce’s ‘Using Natural Finishes.’
Julie manages the Lime Repair Team who are multi-skilled, experienced in the heritage trade and have a good deal of enthusiasm for and understanding of historic buildings.
Sylvia – Letter of Thanks
Dear Mr Smith,
The work on my house is almost finished and I write to say how very pleased I am with it. From the minute Lime Repair started work in November I have been able to relax and know that everything would be alright. They are superb workpeople and the work is done to a very high standard. The men have been respectful and considerate and I recommend them highly.
One of the things about which I am grateful is that I have been kept informed all the way and Julie has been responsible for this. Thank you Mr Smith for appointing them.
Alan – Church Lane, Timsbury 2017
“The advice, care and quality of work undertaken by Lime repair has been outstanding. They clearly have the client’s best interests at heart. They clearly know how to translate those wishes into practical results in the difficult technical environment of old stone walled buildings. They have restored the ground floor of my early 18th century cottage beautifully: revealing timbers; eradicating all trace of damp and putting it back, as far as possible, to its original condition. It now breathes properly and looks marvellous.”
John Coote – Old Court Farmhouse
Julie and her Lime Repair team did an immaculate job in restoring, rendering and lime-washing the damaged wall of our 15th century gable, and equally impressive work in replacing an oak lath andlime putty Georgian soffit.
I recommend them to anyone who needs authentic limework and values real craftmanship.
Robert O’Farrell – Batcombe Lodge
Julie and her team worked on the exposed South Front of our 17th Century house (Batcombe Lodge). They stripped off many layers of ancient paint, repaired or replaced Doulting Stone cladding and then limewashed the whole. All this was done during a very wet, windy Autumn and a freezing cold Winter (2009-10).
The result is really splendid. They also did a good job inside making a very damp corner of our sitting room breathable and now dry.
David & Amanda – Fforden, Wadeford
Julie and her team of experts gave us friendly and timely service at Fforden.
The main objective was to replace concrete render with lime but this entailed many other significant pieces of work to improve drainage, repair lintles, extend the roof and effectively rebuild a chimney.
We were impressed by Lime Repair’s foresight, consultation, reassurance, cleanliness, professionalism, creativity, enthusiasm, hard work and traditional techniques.