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Inform Guide: Clay Mortars for Masonry Buildings

This INFORM guide explains how clay and clay-rich earth have traditionally been used in Scotland to make mortars for masonry wall construction and surface finishing. It explores how and why clay mortars were used and how to identify these mortars in traditional buildings and other structures. It also briefly covers maintenance and repair and some factors to consider if you own or care for a building that has clay or earth mortar.

  • Audiences

    Planners and Owners, Conservation and Heritage Enthusiasts

  • Date Published

    01 June 2015

  • Publisher

    Historic Scotland

  • Publication Types

    Technical, Advice & Guidance, INFORM Guide

  • Format(s)

    Download PDF

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