R N Fear & Sons has a history within the stonemasonry trade going back to 1867 when originally established by J. Fear. Currently we are the fourth generation to continue with this tradition.We have an excellent reputation within our field for delivering quality and reliability; and have worked alongside many reputable organisations from The National Trust to English Heritage within the conservation and restoration fields.We are converse in all aspects of stonework including banker work, carving, walling etc... and the associated fixing techniques, utilising the various methods of fixing used within stonemasonry; some of these methods have been used used for centuries. We have extensive knowledge of the various types of walling from coursed to dry stone walling. With regards to listed buildings and such related structures, we always adopt a sympathetic approach and employ all the necessary conservation / restoration techniques in order to maintain the historical integrity of such buildings/structures. The techniques frequently adopted are lime mortar repairs (and subsequent amatures or wire cages), dowelling of damaged stonework , indents, the sourcing of various aggregates, sands, limes in order to match any existing mortars, sheltercoating just to name a few. Using natural lime mortars can be time consuming requiring care and attention, however once fully set it is a fantastic material which has become underated due to poor useage or poor application. Lime mortars are classed as being carbon neutral (non hydraulic limes are considered the best in this respect as they almost entirely set due to carbonation process); this is due to the carbonation process (CO2 removal from the surrounding atmosphere) that occurs within lime mortars as they set; this is leading to wider usage and wider applications, due it's flexibility it is now found it's way into many hybrid mortars, renders and concretes. We have carried out many new builds, however our aim is to achieve a finish and look of a traditional building, this is achieved by utilsing the same techniques, building practices and the same materials (especially the use of a suitable lime mortar) that would be used on any listed building. Although we have our foundations within stonework, we have at our disposal other quality trades to assist in us in providing a complete package as principal contractor. Some of these trades include roofing specialists, carpenters,lead workers, lime plaster/render specialists, specialist stone/brick cleaners etc.