Meet The Rawle Family
Based in Devon, we manufacture and supply award-winning lime mortar and associated products right across the UK.
Restoration using traditional materials has always been at the heart of Heritage Cob & Lime, this is where we began, the manufacturing arm of our business has grown from the desire to always use quality products at all times. We are official stockists of Tarmac Buxton Lime and our client base is an eclectic mix of private home owners who are keen to restore their property themselves, artisan lime plasterers, traditional builders, architects, the construction industry, together with organisations who have an interest in maintaining historic buildings. Whether the building requiring the restoration is a large house or a small cottage or indeed a garden wall, we believe that each deserves to be restored using quality lime mortar.
We have supplied mortar and associated products to numerous well known buildings including: Hampden House, near Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, Covent Garden, Liverpool Museum, Turweston Manor, Buckinghamshire, The Birdcage, Thame, (700 years old), St Anne's Chapel, Barnstaple, Houghton Hall, Norwich, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, and Buckingham Palace, London.
Lime mortar can be used on stone and cob properties and also between brickwork as it is breathable and allows moisture/damp to flow in and out. When pointing brickwork or stone, try our inspirational pointing mix- we have developed a special mix that doesn't run down the brickwork, saving you hours of time on site! The use of lime mortars are especially important on cob/stone walls which require an element of moisture to keep them in good condition. Because lime mortar is flexible it allows a certain amount of movement in a building without cracking.
Frank heads up the building side of the business, having been tutored for several years by Dad, David and then spending a further two years working for a large construction company in Bristol.
Frank runs a build team made up of people who are who are much more than work colleagues, they are also friends. “We all work well together and take a pride in what we do. We specialise in the restoration of historic properties and have specialist help available when needed, such as a stone mason, carpenter or an expert in stained glass.” When he’s not undertaking build works, Frank is a drummer with several bands and also enjoys football and motorbike trials.
In The Warehouse
Sarah is face of the manufacturing arm of Heritage Cob and Lime. The oldest of five
siblings and standing 5 feet tall in stocking feet, Sarah is a lively personality who can talk for hours
(her words) on anything lime related.
Like her brother Frank, she trained under the watchful eye of Dad, David, and often refers to herself
as the longest serving apprentice. “Having worked on the build side it helps me when customers
have queries about their own lime or cob building works. I don’t get out on site as often these days,
but I am always on the end of the phone to give free advice to people.”
Sarah is also a Mum of two grown up children and her hobbies include horse riding and spending
time with her grandchildren.
Sue and Dave Rawle
Together they set up Heritage Cob and Lime, using Dave’s specialist knowledge of working on cob buildings and properties requiring lime mortar. Dave can sometimes be found working on build sites, but more often than not, he is mixing mortar in the warehouse or dispensing advice to customers who call in to see us. Affectionately known as ‘The Guru’, his knowledge has been learnt over many years of experience. He and Sue undertake all the Consultation work as well as some of the estimates. Sue’s role started off as predominately marketing, running the website and writing articles on traditional building methods, but she also undertakes writing up estimates and consultations, plus filing, book keeping, and “Anything else I get asked to do. My favourite job of all is going out on site and undertaking consultations - I love meeting customers and advising them on their properties.” In their spare time, Sue and Dave enjoy walking Jack the Dalmatian and Toby the Jack Russell, as well as cooking Sunday roasts for their large family.