Historic England – 33a Chapel Street, Appleby-in-Westmorland

Lake District Lime’s renovation of a solid-wall sandstone house in Appleby is part of a project funded by Historic England, to raise awareness about how these older, traditionally-built properties should be retrofitted to make them warm, dry and resilient to extreme weather. 

The house was flooded during the winter storms of 2015 and during previous floods, and Lake District Lime is now carrying out a deep retrofit. The unsuitable cement-based render, plaster and flooring that were trapping moisture inside the building have been removed. They’re being replaced with lime plaster and render, and a limecrete floor. The roof is being replaced with a breathable system specified by a conservation architect.  

Lake District Lime’s expertise and best practice is being shared with the public through regular video diaries, edited by a professional film-maker thanks to funding from Historic England. The filming project, managed by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS), is linked to the Appleby Heritage Action Zone initiative. As well as the vlogs, there will be how-to videos bringing out more advice for anyone living in or working on pre-1920s buildings.  

The build began in autumn 2018 and is due to be completed in late 2019. 

Watch the video diaries now below or on the CAfS YouTube channel:  

There’s more information on the CAfS website: