|Work started on this section of the North wall|
|Brick arch has been removed and replaced with a concrete lintel|
First the disappointments. Sadly the old brick arches above the front door and the kitchen window have been removed recently during the installation of the modern door and window, so a decision will need to be made later on whether to reinstate these arches.
Along part of the wall underneath the kitchen a (useless) chemical damp proof course has been injected some point in the past. Happily the drill holes seem to be in the lime mortar rather than the bricks so the damage to the brickwork is minimal......
|Old chemical DPC drill holes in the lime mortar. the black circle is cement blocking an old drain pipe hole.|
|Suddenly the bricks to the right are more orange, smaller and are laid in a different pattern. The centre of the house is to the right so this is presumably an older part of the building.|
The next secret to be uncovered is a bricked-up old doorway leading from the present kitchen to the outside of the house. You can see the brick archway above what was once the doorway. We know that there was a lean-to building here in the poast as you can see the pattern of it on the current render so this door would have gone from the house into the lean-to.
Its also clear that this doorway was probably bricked up in the last 50 years as the mortar used is cement based, although the bricks themselves look old.
So, good progress this weekend and some interesting historical puzzles to tease us. Hope that we reveal more mystery as we go.
Finally a shot of the progress this weekend and the total progress so far..........
|This weekend's progress - about 6 hours worth.|
|Progress until now, faster than expected so far!!|