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Wilderspin School Restoration

Restoration of Wilderspin School

Back in 2009, we supplied Earthborn natural paints, as well as lime to a local school restoration project.

The school (located in Barton-Upon-Humber), just a few miles north of Lincolnshire lime, is now a museum.

‘The Wilderspin National School was built in 1844 and was championed by the educational pioneer and teacher Samuel Wilderspin who designed, equiped and taught in the school.

The school closed in 1978 and fell into disrepair.  Restoration of the School was completed in 2009 and now stands as a celebration of the life and work of Samuel Wilderspin, for the benefit of the people of Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire and elsewhere.’ http://www.wilderspinschool.org.uk/

Before Restoration

Below are images of the school before any restoration work commenced. As you can see, it was in a real state.

Run Down Wilderspin School
The school before it was restored.
Wilderspin School in disrepair
Wilderspin school in a state of disrepair
Wilderspin School Interior pre restoration
Wilderspin School interior prior to repairs

Why natural paints were used for the restoration of the school

The school would have been originally painted with natural paints – and the main goal for the restoration project, was to keep everything as original as possible. Samples were carefully taken from the walls by scraping away at the paint, until the first coat of paint on the wall was visible. The first coats were then given to us, where we then replicated the colour with Earthborn Natural Paint. Below is an image of one of the rooms painted with a colour we replicated. Earthborn called it ‘Muddy Boots’, and it is available to purchase from our online store.

Earthborn Muddy Boots Paint
The colour ‘muddy boots’ by Earthborn
earthborn muddy boots paint
Walls painted with Earthborn ‘Muddy Boots’ paint

Wilderspin School after restoration

Here’s a few pictures of the school after the restoration work was done. The results are breathtaking.

Wilderspin School after restoration work
The new Wilderspin School
Wilderspin School Classroom
Newly restored classroom
breathable paint for school restoration
Like going back in time – beautiful & traditional room
Wilderspin school after repair work
Shhh!! Stunning room painted with claypaint

We’d love to know what you think to the new Wilderspin School! Leave your comments below!

Lincoln’s Newport Arch Restoration

Restoration of Lincoln’s Newport Arch

Lincoln Newport Arch Restoration
Lincoln’s Newport Arch after restoration with Singleton Birch lime mortar supplied by Lincolnshire Lime

Newport Arch is located in Lincoln city centre, and is reputedly the oldest arch in the UK still used by traffic. This is what remains from the 3rd-century Roman gate. Over the years, it has sustained damage from a range of causes, including weathering, and 2 incidents involving a lorry; one happening in 1964, and the other fourty years later in 2004. Lime mortar, as well as stone, was used to restore the arch.

Why lime mortar was used

Lime mortar was used to re-point and re-stabilise the arch, as well as for laying new stones. The arch was originally built with lime mortar in the 3rd-century, which has proven it’s durability and longevity! Because of this, lime mortar was used to restore the arch, ensuring it remains as traditional as possible. With old walls, the need for breathability and flexibility is necessary, and lime mortar is highly breathable, and can accommodate flex. Had the arch have been restored with cement, it would no longer be breathable, and could not accommodate any flex, thus making the passage of moisture through the stone impossible, causing the stone to deteriorate. Cement should never be used to restore old structures.

Which lime mortar was used?

Singleton Birch NHL (Natural Hydraulic Lime) 3.5 was used for the restoration of the arch. The lime mortar for this restoration project was supplied by ourselves (Lincolnshire Lime).

When repointing walls with lime mortar, NHL 3.5 is very popular, as it is of a medium strength, providing good breathability.

You can find this lime mortar on our online store here

singleton birch natural hydraulic lime 3.5 mortar
Singleton Birch natural hydraulic lime 3.5

The Newport Arch After Restoration

Below are images of the Newport Arch after the restoration project was completed.

Rear view of the Newport Arch
Close-up view of the Newport Arch
Newport arch after restoration
Newport arch after restoration
Project Overview

Due to unforseen complications, the restoration cost over £140k in total; after an initial evaluation of repair fees being around £60k. The restoration project was very costly, but inevitably worthwhile, because in our eyes, Newport Arch is priceless. The costs seem to be alot, but the Newport Arch does alot for the character of the city, losing the Newport Arch would have been a real loss.The Arch is now stronger than ever, and looks fantastic.