This is a C14th threshing barn with wattle walls to allow a good breeze during the threshing. I speak with some feeling about this, partly from experience. We have, unknowingly, been enjoying a ‘wattle’ wall for some time now. Okay, not the beautiful craftsmanship shown here. Such beautiful workmanship is normally covered up with ‘daub’ – a mixture of mud, straw and animal excrement, and they make most durable walls.
As I said, we didn’t have the workmanship. Instead, we had a piece of decaying board covered with stippled paint—something that came to light recently.
At first, we thought it just needed painting and budgeted accordingly. It was only when I poked a finger through it, I realised something was up. A builder confirmed it. He put his fist through. All these years we’d been living with a large section of the front covered only by a painted board. The builder was appalled. He replaced the rotten boards, covered them with a holding mesh and metal edges, then rendered the whole as though applying marzipan and icing to a cake. We had our 'daub' at last.
The first render drying
The rendering done, drying in readiness for painting.
I love before and after pictures, less keen perhaps on the cost or the ruined front lawn. Still, our whited sepulchre has been redeemed.