Limewashing the manor

Newly lime-washed timbers on the gatehouse

Limewashing is an age-old technique which helps preserve old timbers of historic buildings.

Lime washing a timber-framed building can help protect from weather deterioration, pro-longing the life of the historic house.

For may centuries, timber frames on historic houses have been painted with lime wash that acts as a preservative against pollutants and other destructive elements in the atmosphere. The lime penetrates the grain of the beams which acts as a barrier against moisture whilst still allowing the wood to breathe. It also helps deter any wood-loving creepy-crawlies which can also cause irreversible damage by eating away the wood.

The manor is lime washed every five years or so as eventually the weather removes the lime. When the manor is first painted, it looks very white as several layers of lime are used, as time goes by, the lime slowly ebbs away, turning the manor a beautiful silver-grey. When the dark wood is clearly visible it is once again time to lime wash to protect Lower Brockhampton Manor for future generations.

Although the finished result can be quite luminous, this process is effective at preserving historic buildings and is the best way to assure Brockhampton Manor stays pest-free and strong. Please note that the manor was last limewashed in December 2019 so the outside timbers are currently coated in lime giving a slightly different aesthetic from previous years when the timber was more exposed.