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An Introduction to Pargeting

8 June, 9am-5pm: a unique opportunity to learn the endangered craft of pargeting from one of the country’s highest regarded pargeters.

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Pargeting (also spelled 'pargetting') is a decorative render applied to the facade of a building, believed to have been introduced to England in the 16th century by Italian craftspeople. Patterns are scratched or stamped into wet plaster, while more skilled craftspeople make their own relief designs modelled directly on to the wall.

Once you’ve learned about the history and skill of pargeting from Bill Sargent, it’ll be your turn to get creative! Under the supervision of our friendly tutors, you'll design and create your own pargeted panel to take home.

In the UK, pargeting is considered an endangered craft due to lack of awareness of it outside the built heritage sector and a decline in traditional plastering skills. Join us to learn the basics of this fascinating craft and help to keep this skill alive.

This introductory workshop is for anyone interested in learning pargeting skills for work, general interest or leisure. We welcome old buildings enthusiasts, craftspeople, homeowners, building conservation professionals and students. No prior experience is required.

Your tutors are Bill Sargent, one of the highest regarded pargeters in the UK; artist and craftsman Andrew Fawcett; and Master Plasterers Sean Wheatley and Michal Wolf.

Saturday 8 June, 9am-5pm. Lunch and refreshments included.



Event ticket prices

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All £195.00

The basics

Booking details

Call 020 7377 1644 Head to to book your place.


Not suitable for children.

Meeting point

Heritage & Rural Skills Centre in Coleshill Village, Buscot and Coleshill Estate, SN6 7PT

What to bring and wear

All tools and materials included. Wear sturdy (flat and closed) footwear and warm, comfortable clothing that you don't mind getting dirty or damaged. All necessary protective equipment provided.


Please contact us if there are any adaptations we can make that would make the course more accessible for you. We would be happy to have an informal chat about the course and possible access issues before you book.


Refreshments and lunch are provided. Head to to book your place.

Contact info

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

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