7 Walcot Buildings, Walcot, Bath
7 Walcot Buildings forms part of a Grade II section of late 18th century terraced houses at 1-7 Walcot Buildings, the majority of which now have a commercial ground floor, situated along London Road, within the Bath conservation area and World Heritage Site. 7 Walcot Buildings forms the end of a section of 3 ½ storey terraced buildings in Bath stone ashlar; the exposed gable end in rubble stone is likely indicative of a historic continuation of the terrace which has since been significantly altered.
We are supportive of proposed remedial works to address defective areas of stonework and repoint in a lime mortar to allow the historic stonework to ‘breathe’.
It is proposed to “remove defective flaunching around chimney pots and renew with concrete mix”. We maintain that a lime-based mortar would be more appropriate for the proposed flaunching works to address the detrimental use of cement on a listed building, which may have exacerbated stone damage to the chimney stack. This is a beneficial opportunity to mitigate harm to a listed building with a cohesive, ‘whole house’ use of traditional materials. We encourage an appropriate lime mix to be agreed with the case officer.