Pannal has been a substantial settlement for centuries, developing in the middle of the former Knaresborough Forest. It is believed to date back to the Bronze Age and, by the fourteenth century, had become a thriving market village with weekly markets and an annual four-day fair. One of today’s most significant structures in Pannal is Pannal Hall, rebuilt in 1860 after a 200-year history. Pannal is a beautiful traditional historic village set in the Yorkshire countryside. Many of Pannal’s buildings are constructed from local stone. Traditional lime pointing services provide an essential means of keeping these heritage buildings in good condition, and there has been much effort in recent years to preserve the overall character of the village. In particular, building restoration in Harrogate has become increasingly popular, ensuring that this special place can be enjoyed for generations.
Pannal is a village in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated just off the A61 road, 3 miles (4.8 km) southwest of Harrogate. The name Pannal is derived from the Old English words Panna and halh, meaning “corner of land in a nook or hollow”. The village was first mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was spelt “Panhal”. At that time, it consisted of just six houses and a church.
In recent years, Pannal has seen several building restoration projects undertaken. Traditional lime pointing has been used to repair and restore masonry, and several historic buildings have been given a new lease of life. As a result, Pannal is now an attractive and popular village with a strong sense of community spirit.
Cement Mortar Removal in Harrogate
We started the Lime pointing project in Harrogate by carefully removing the cement mortar from the masonry around the building. We used hand chisels to ensure no further damage occurred to the stone. After removing the cement mortar, the joints were raked out to an equal depth of 30mm and brushed clean. The hot lime mortar was then applied to the joint and left overnight to harden and remove any excess moisture. When the mortar had sufficiently set, it was tamped and beaten into the joint to compact it. Beating the lime mortar back the next day prevents cracks from forming due to further shrinkage.
The use of cement mortar in the construction and restoration of traditional buildings is a controversial topic. While cement mortar is stronger than lime mortar, it is also more rigid. The rigid mortar can cause cracks as traditional buildings settle and move over time. Cement mortar is also less porous than lime mortar, which can lead to damp issues and efflorescence (salt deposits) on the walls. Efflorescence leads to spalling (flaking) and crumbling of the masonry. As a result, cement mortar should only be used to construct new buildings, not to restore heritage buildings.
Traditional lime pointing is a process that has been used for centuries to preserve the integrity of stone buildings. It involves using a hot lime-based mortar to fill in cracks and gaps in the stone. Using hot lime mortar is an essential part of any heritage building restoration. The Yorkshire Lime Company has a wealth of experience in traditional lime pointing. We were thrilled to be asked to undertake the conservation work on Dawcross, a 200-year-old building in Pannal, Harrogate. The building is constructed from conventional stone masonry, and it was essential to restore it using the correct materials. Traditional lime pointing helps protect buildings from weather damage and can improve thermal insulation and prevent dampness. We are proud to offer our traditional lime-pointing services to customers across Harrogate, and we are passionate about helping to preserve our local heritage.
Traditional lime pointing is a technique that has been used for centuries to preserve the appearance and structural integrity of masonry buildings. However, the mortar can degrade over time, allowing water and moisture to seep in and damage the masonry. Trapped moisture can lead to efflorescence, spalling, and other problems that can jeopardize the long-term viability of the building. Fortunately, traditional lime pointing services can help restore historic buildings’ beauty and durability.
Amongst those who know of such things, it is widely understood that hot lime mortar has many advantages over cement-based mortars. This is true for both new build homes and the maintenance and conservation of Heritage buildings. For a start, lime mortar better serves the environment due to its composition, which absorbs carbon as part of the curing process. This completely contrasts cement-based mortars, which release carbon into the atmosphere during their production.
Lime mortar is also far more effective at managing moisture levels within a building which helps to keep it free from dampness. This is achieved through capillary action, whereby the mortar allows any moisture to be drawn away from the bricks or stone it holds together. Traditional lime mortar helps to protect the fabric of the building as well as creates a much healthier environment for any occupants. It should therefore be clear that there are many good reasons why lime mortar should be seriously considered for use in both new build homes and the refurbishment and conservation of our existing built environment.
At The Yorkshire Lime Company, we have extensive experience in heritage building restoration. Using locally sourced materials, we can carefully remove and replace the damaged mortar with new hot mixed lime mortar. Using a hot lime mortar will help to protect the masonry from water damage and allow the building to start to dry via capillary action. In addition, our work will help to preserve the appearance of the building for future generations. Please get in touch with us today if you are interested in Traditional Lime Pointing services in Harrogate.
We offer a professional masonry conservation service that advises and specifies mortars for traditional and listed buildings. Our team provide masonry assessments and written consultations for those who need advice on restoring their home. We cover the whole of Yorkshire for any Masonry conservation services. These services include surface repairs, traditional lime pointing, and masonry repairs. We pride ourselves on providing a high-quality service tailored to each project’s specific needs. If you need expert advice or have a historic building that requires conservation work, please do not hesitate to get in touch.