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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good reference book, worth having on your bookshelf., 22 Dec 2008
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If that opening title seems a bit like damning with faint praise it's because this book isn't for everyone. It's touted as a textbook for people like Conservation Officers and in that role it probably serves its purpose, although quite what impact it's likely to have in that quarter I'm still pondering, because none of the COs I know have read it which is a shame because it does offer the kind of thinking that would temper some of the more extreme purist views currently in fashion in the conservation establishment - he even suggests that it's OK to guage a lime mortar with a little cement. Heresy indeed!

I've had the book for a little over a year and so I've lived with it for some time, dipping into it occasionally to find a reference to make a point in discussion with someone who believes there is only one way to do it, and that's their way.

It's a worthy book for people who are involved in conservation work as part of their work, but as a book of general interest to someone about to undertake the work of restoring their own property then I'd question its value. Go to David J. Swindells 'Restoring Timber Framed Houses' or Pamela Cunnington's excellent 'Caring For Old Houses' as a very good start that should give you all you need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for Conservation, 9 Nov 2000
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If you want to know how to detect a structure of a building, how to recognise the causes of decay or how to make a project or report to conserve a bulding, this book tells you everything. The bibliography of it was also a nice guide for me.
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Conservation of Historic Buildings by Bernard Feilden (Paperback - 6 Jun 2003)
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