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Understanding Lime Mortar (GB1)

September 15, 2022 @ 10:00 - 13:00


About this course:

This three hour workshop session is suitable for anyone with an interest in finding out more about Lime Mortar. The aim of the course is to inform your knowledge and understanding of lime mortar, and the difference between using lime and cement when building or repairing brick buildings.

The session will cover the Lime Cycle, choosing aggregates, the preparation and aftercare of lime mortar, different mixes, pointing techniques and finishes. There will be a consideration of common problems and you will be able to ask your own questions and watch practical demonstrations.

9.45am: Registration

10am-1pm: Session

There will be a coffee break


About the tutor

Charles Reilly is a highly experienced craftsman with a passion for repairing heritage brick buildings. As the managing director of Georgian Brickwork Charles leads a small team of specialist bricklayers in Kent. Georgian Brickwork focuses on using traditional methods and materials to repair and restore listed and period properties. Charles started developing his training programme in 2016 to ensure that his knowledge and skills is passed on to the next generation of bricklayers. More recently he has begun to offer a wider programme of courses to others with an interest in heritage brickwork.


Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who is interested in learning about lime mortar. No prior knowledge or trowel skills needed

NB: If you are a Bricklayer and you want to find out more about using lime mortar rather than cement please book a place on Understanding & Using Lime Mortar GBB1

How will I be taught?

The course is informal, and learning takes place through discussion, observation, locality tours, and practical demonstrations. The focus will be on sharing knowledge and improving understanding.

Courses for other professionals, homeowners and those with an interest in the conservation of heritage brickwork take place in larger groups usually between 5-10 depending on the topic. The focus of these courses is on informing and awareness raising. Many sessions also include a demonstration of a practical skill with opportunities to ask questions and discuss problems.

What do I need to bring with me?


We provide

  • All tools and training materials
  • Tea & Coffee

You need to

  • Wear practical comfortable clothes
  • Wear practical protective footwear
  • Bring a notepad and pen -if you want to make notes
  • Lunch is available to buy from one of The Historic Dockyard eateries. Or you can bring your own lunch and there are outdoor spaces to eat such as the Commissioner’s Garden or the Tennis Court Lawn. For more information visit



Travel and Accommodation

The Georgian Brickwork Professional Development Programme is hosted by Heritage Brickwork Training Ltd located in Unit 6 – Craft Workshop The Historic Dockyard Chatham Kent ME4 4TE.

For information about travel options and parking please visit


Accommodation: There are lots of places to stay nearby, including

  • Travelodge Chatham Maritime, Western Ave, Chatham ME4 4NT
  • Premier Inn Chatham Blake Ave Gillingham ME7 1GB


September 15, 2022
10:00 - 13:00
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Unit 6 Craft Workshops, The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Unit 6 Heritage Brickwork Training Ltd Craft Workshops
Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE United Kingdom
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Georgian Brickwork in partnership with Heritage Brickwork Training Ltd


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