Areas of damp internally led to concern externally of defective pointing to the walls and the chimney.
A ground level inspection of the external wall found hard cement mortar pointed over original lime mortar. Once scaffold access to the chimney was in place large voids around the chimney base joining the roof and defective pointing to the chimney stack revealed areas of potential water ingress.
The hard cement was removed and repointed using natural hydraulic lime mortar.
Thatch repairs were carried out by Philip White, Master Thatcher.