Publications on Lime

Books are categorised into several sections. Click on the appropriate link below to view the relevant section, or scroll down the page to browse the full list. Each title has a link, either to Amazon or, where the book is not available through Amazon, to the relevant publisher or distributor. The links on this page are provided for your convenience without any endorsement or liability.

Technical Reference

  • Technical Reference

    by Stafford Holmes and Michael Wingate

    A starting point and general reference book to the broad range of uses for lime in construction.
    1997, revised 2002, 309 pages, many photos and drawings.

  • Technical Reference

    How Hydraulic Lime Binders Work

    by Alan Forster and Pat Gibbons

    Hydraulicity for beginners and the hydraulic lime family. Scientific yet readable account of the differences and similarities of hydraulic lime and cement.

    Available from the Scottish Lime Centre Trust, Rocks Road, Charlestown, Fife, KY11 3EN +44 (0) 1383 872 722

  • Technical Reference

    by Pat McAfee

    A guide to the many uses of lime in building, aimed at building owners, practitioners and specifiers. Highly illustrated and cross-referenced, previous technical knowledge is not necessary.
    2009, Commissioned by BLF Ireland. Normal price: €30, price to BLF and BLFI Members: €25.

  • Technical Reference

    by Jane Schofield

    A simple and straightforward guide to using lime plasters, mortars etc to repair traditional buildings, based on over 25 years practical experience.
    1998, A5, 32 pages

  • Technical Reference

    by Jane Schofield, adapté by Alain Hervé
    Une traduction en français du livre de Jane Schofield, un guide simple et facile à utiliser de la chaux.
    2005, 32 pages, in French.
  • Technical Reference

    by Andrea Ratazzi

    Origine, produzione, impiego del grassello di calce in architettura, nell’arte e nel restauro.
    2007, 224 pages, in Italian

Lime for Conservation

  • Lime for Conservation

    Edited by Ian Brocklebank

    Building Limes in Conservation, edited by Ian Brocklebank, brings together a selection of material, revised and updated, from past editions of the Journal of the Building Limes Forum and the Journal of Architectural Conservation. 
    2012, 376 pages, £42.00

  • Lime for Conservation

    by Cliff Blundell

    The unnecessary damage being caused by the use of inappropriate modern materials in housing of traditional solid-walled construction. Available from TLC Press, Bryn y Môr House, Cardigan SA43 1PA, £19.50 plus P+P (£2.50 UK, email if outwith the UK).

  • Lime for Conservation

    Edited by Alison Henry & John Stewart

    This volume is aimed primarily at those who look after historic buildings, or who work on them: architects, surveyors, engineers, conservators, contractors and conservation officers, but also of interest to owners, curators, students and researchers.
    2012, hardback, 654 pages, £65

  • Lime for Conservation

    by Roger Hunt & Marianne Suhr

    An authoritative guide on how to look after your old house using the conservation approach of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Repair or maintenance from the foundations to the roof.
    2008, 208 pages, many colour illustrations, hardback.

  • Lime for Conservation

    by Marianne Suhr & Roger Hunt

    Companion volume to Old House Handbook about how to make old houses – medieval and timber-framed, Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian terraces – energy-efficient and sustainable.

Lime Mortars

  • Lime Mortars

    by Pat Gibbons

    Historic Scotland Technical Advice Note 1. A guide to the principles underlying the use of lime mortars in re-pointing and masonry consolidation, including advice on materials, specification and site practice.
    2003, A4, 76 pages, illustrated

  • Lime Mortars

    Historic Scotland

    Historic Scotland Short Guide No 6.  A background to the history and use of lime mortars in traditional buildings, the sourcing of raw materials, preparation of lime mortars for repairs and how to recognise and reduce the risk of failure.
    2014 Available as a download

  • Lime Mortars

    by Geoffrey Allen, Jim Allen, Nick Elton, Michael Farey, Stafford Holmes, Paul Livesey and Mileva Radonjic

    Best Practice guide to using hydraulic lime mortar invaluable for all building practitioners, contractors and tradesmen specifying or handling hydraulic lime on site.
    2003, 104 pages

  • Lime Mortars

    NHBC Foundation

    Technical annex for use with BS 5628-1:2005 on the structural use of unreinforced masonry made with natural hydraulic lime mortars.  Free to download from the NHBC Foundation website as a pdf file (1.8 MB).

  • Lime Mortars

    by A.D. Cowper

    Provides a classification of lime and a state of the art review of its various uses in building construction and repair, of substantial interest and practical value since the methods, terminology and practices detailed by Cowper are still valid today.
    1927 (facsimile 1998), 96 pages

  • Lime Mortars

    by Sir Charles Pasley

    “Observations on Limes, Calcareous Cements, Mortars, Puzzolanas, Natural and Artificial, together with Rules deduced from Numerous Experiments for Making an Artificial Water Cement Equal in Efficiency to the best Natural Cements of England.”
    1847 (facsimile 2010), 228 pages, hardback

  • Lime Mortars

    by Sir Charles Pasley, Introduction by Michael Wingate

    A fascinating insight into the developments using lime during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Michael Wingate’s excellent introduction to this edition offers a helpful present day perspective of the work undertaken on lime in that period, and shows how relevant such research is to conservation practitioners and others currently specifying or directly working with lime.
    1838 (facsimile 1997) 160 pages, hardback

  • Lime Mortars

    by L J Vicat, Translated by Capt. J.T. Smith

    The classification which Vicat prepared is still valid today and enables the best use to be made of lime, particularly for hydraulic works. Smith’s enthusiastic notes are as exciting as Vicat’s text on how to choose and use the right limes.
    1837 (facsimile 1997) 22cm, 352 pages, hardback

Lime Plasters and Renders

  • Lime Plasters and Renders

    Compiled by the Scottish Lime Centre Trust

    Historic Scotland Technical Advice Note 15. A comprehensive account of the benefits of using lime finishes on the exteriors of traditionally constructed buildings. Illustrated
    2001, A4, 92 pages