James, of Limeway, begun his career in the building trade in 1987 and in 2005 he was taken onto his first job which involved Lime repointing. It was the wrong time of year for Lime Repointing, but James realised this is what he wanted to focus on and a career dedicated to Lime, and conservation begun. From 2005 to 2010 James worked for a large conservation company (then known as St Blaise Ltd, a major player in the world of historic building conservation), during this time James worked on multiple English Heritage and National Trust properties located across Southern England.
James was privileged enough to work on the following historic properties: Cowdray Ruins (Midhurst), Greys Court (Henley-on-Thames), Robert Raikes Inn (Gloucester) and Waddesdon Manor (Aylesbury).
Traditional Lime Renovation and Conservation for Old and Listed Buildings
In 2010 James became an independent Lime mortar specialist with focus upon Lime Mortar Repointing, Brick, Chalk and Flint Replacement, Lime Rendering, Lime Plastering and Limecrete Flooring. His passion lies in restoration and repairs of exterior render, especially gable ends. He carefully removes old (and incorrectly used) cement, cleans out the loose dust and rubble, reconstructs the masonry (brick, stone or chalk), dubs out (levelling to the lay person), he then applies the scratch coat and lastly, he applies the top coat.
Since 2010 James has worked in the following towns and villages (please note this is not a definitive list) and he takes great pride that his work will stand the test of time:
* Berkshire: Froxfield, Inkpen, Lambourn & Pangbourne (Basildon Park, National Trust).
* Gloustershire: Coln St Aldwyns.
* Oxfordshire: Ashbury, Shrivenham, Uffington & Woolestone (manor house).
* Wiltshire: Aldbounre, All Cannings, Chiseldon, Roundway Devises, Bishops Cannings, Ramsbury, Slaughterford & Wroughton.