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SPAB – Historic Brick Masonry Repair

25 April - 26 April


Learn the essentials of traditional bricklaying techniques and traditional brick wall repair on this Humble Heritage course.

Join us at Hatfield House for this hands-on two-day course. You will learn the essentials of historic brickwork repair from Lynn Mathias, one of the country’s leading experts in traditional brickwork.

Through a combination of live demonstrations and hands-on sessions, you will learn how to assess, prepare, and repair traditional brick walls. You will come away with the ability to identify and repair damage to historic brickwork to retain the beauty and structural integrity of your masonry, while staving off further decay.

Working on parts of the early 17th century buttressed boundary wall surrounding the vineyard at Hatfield House will give you plenty of opportunities to try out your new skills on real historic masonry, under Lynn Mathias’s expert guidance and supervision.

Although this is an introductory course, you should come away from it with the confidence to identify and remediate defects and failures typically found in historic brick masonry, and to carry out good, honest brickwork repairs using traditional lime mortar.

Day one

9am Registration, tea and coffee
9.15am Welcome and Health & Safety briefing
9.30am Introductory talk
10.30am Tea and coffee break
10.45am Drive to site
11.00am Session One – condition survey: how to identify typical failures, defects and poor practices
12pm Session Two – cutting out decayed or defective bricks
1pm Lunch
2pm Session Three  – demonstration and practical session on lime mortar: preparing and mixing appropriate mortars for pointing, bedding and jointing
3pm Tea and coffee break
3.30pm Session Four – demonstration and practical session on how to select and replace like-for-like bricks
4.30pm Q&A and tidy up
4.45pm End of first day

Day two

9am Registration, tea and coffee
9.30am Session One – demonstration and practical session on pointing with lime mortar
10.30am Tea and coffee break
10.45am Session Two – assessing larger areas of wall for rebuilding
11.15am Session Three – demonstration and practical session rebuilding section of wall
1pm Lunch
2pm Session Four  – practical session rebuilding section of wall (as above)
3pm Tea and coffee break
3.30pm Session Five – demonstration and practical session on jointing and tending methods
4.30pm Final Q&A and tidy up
4.45pm Course ends

Who is this course for?

This is an introductory/intermediate level course aimed at building professionals and craftspeople seeking to work with or better understand traditional brick masonry. It is also suitable for building owners and caretakers keen to learn more about how to maintain and repair historic brickwork.

You will learn

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand and identify the characteristics (age, type, colour, texture) of bricks used in historic brick structures.
  • Assess historic brick walls to determine what, if any, interventions are needed.
  • Identify defects commonly found in historic brickwork.
  • Understand the various materials, tools and techniques used in the repair and conservation of historic brick masonry.
  • Prepare a repair specification for remedial works.
  • Select and mix appropriate lime mortar.
  • Remove decayed or defective bricks and replace with new like-for-like substitutes.
  • Select appropriate brick replacements, matching colour, texture and type.
  • Carry out remedial work to brick masonry, including pointing, jointing and joint finishes.

You will need

  • Please wear overalls or working clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, and flat, enclosed footwear, ideally steel toe-capped boots. All other PPE is provided.
  • The work will involve kneeling so you may wish to wear knee pads or bring a suitable kneeler cushion.
  • We will mostly be outside, so we recommend you wear warm layers and bring waterproofs in case of rain.

Practical information

  • Parking is available at the main car park, where we will meet at the start of each day.
  • From there we will car share to the site, where there is limited parking.
  • There is a toilet and handwashing facilities on site.
  • A light lunch will be provided. Please indicate any dietary requirements in the booking form.


25 April
26 April
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Hatfield House
Great North Road Hertfordshire AL9 5HX United Kingdom + Google Map

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