The SPAB is often asked about historic brickwork over our Technical Advice Line. Brick can be one of the most durable building materials, as testified by the survival of notable Roman examples. Not infrequently, however, poor repairs, a lack of maintenance and inappropriate alterations lead to trouble.
Much of the guidance given by the SPAB over our Technical Advice Line concerns the 'undoing' of well-intentioned but ill-conceived work carried out from the mid-20th century to historic buildings. Such work has frequently involved the replacement of lime renders on external walls with highly unsuitable modern cement coverings – a serious time bomb.
Doors are important features of historic buildings. Although less widespread than in recent decades, the removal and replacement of old doors remains of concern to the SPAB. This article tackles some myths about their conservation.