Earlier in this blog I illustrated the parlous condition of the chimney above roof level. We had to bite-the-bullet, carefully dismantle it and then rebuild it brick by brick. The result is fantastic. The use of all the original bricks and brushed lime mortar, together with the help of a skilled craftsman means the cottage has a crown to be proud of! I’ve also managed to secure two salvaged chimney pots to make up for the pair that were lost, probably around 1950. The urgently required essential repair is magnificent. The last photograph below shows the new slate roof, this is to be the subject of a separate post.