Case Study: 11 High Baxter Street, Bury St. Edmunds

At Best of Lime we are delighted to have played our part in the rescue and conservation of this important medieval building in the centre of the Suffolk town of Bury St. Edmunds. 11 High Baxter Street is within the Town Centre Conservation Area and is located in one of the streets which make up the Norman planned town set out on a grid system in the 12th Century. It is however a sole survivor, the rest of the street having been demolished in the 1960’s. The property has a core dating back to the 15th Century, with alterations in every century after. By the end of the 20th Century however, having survived 500 years, it was distinctly unloved, had become flats, then eventually a semi-derelict squat.

In January 2019 the Bury St. Edmunds Town Trust (BTT) had come to its rescue, completing the purchase of the building and drawing up plans for the conservation and restoration. A detailed condition report was carried out by local conservation architects Whitworth.

Local building contractors Seamans were appointed to carry out the project and Dean Southernwood of DGS Plastering subcontracted to apply the lime render.

Best of Lime’s Warmcote insulated lime plaster was specified as the base coat, with our Limecote traditional chalk/lime plaster as the finish. Both products are non-hydraulic and designed to cope with the  extreme background movement of an historic timber frame. The exterior is now finished and is a real visual historic asset to a very modern brick and concrete part of the Bury townscape.

11 High Baxter Street, Bury St. Edmunds

No. 11 High Baxter Street has miraculously managed to dodge a multitude of bullets over the last 500 years, hopefully it can now look forward to many more generations of use and enjoyment by the people of one of England's finest medieval market towns.

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"Thanks,, I'm fully converted now 👍 won't be using lime putty for a while that's for sure, much better finish compared to what I've been using for the past 8 years or so, and peace of mind that it doesn't crack, lighter, less mess, no binding in needed.

I was also pleasantly surprised about how far it goes per bag 👍 definitely a game changer for me, will be back next week sometime for some more."

John Thompson
Limelight Restoration
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"Used their product Patchcote on my timber framed house for some repairs.

Really easy to mix, apply and finish.

Left-over product was just as pliable 3 days later, it can be left sealed inside the container supplied, after mixing, for up to a year!

Best product I’ve worked with!!"

Geoff Morland
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"Limecote and Warmcote are ideal products for use on timber framed buildings and low strength substrates with their excellent flexibility, bond, and light weight compared to sanded plasters. Being dry bagged makes it easy to transport and store, with the added advantage of being able to adjust the mix to suit thin or very thick coats without compromising the product, or the quality of the finished work."

Roy Cafferty
Traditional Plastering Services

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