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Master plasterer Lee Richards outside the 350 year-old cottage on Fishers Lane in Marton, which he restored using techniques that the original builders would have employed.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
21-3-2014

Master plasterer Lee Richards outside the 350 year-old cottage on Fishers Lane in Marton, which he restored using techniques that the original builders would have employed. PIC BY ROB LOCK 21-3-2014

The future of two of Blackpool’s oldest buildings has been secured - thanks to the efforts of a master craftsman from the resort.

Lee Richards has restored the cottages on Fishers Lane in Marton applying the same materials and techniques that would have been used when the homes were built around 350 years ago.

And the labour of love has also helped him build on his own achievements - he has just become one of only 10 master plasterers appointed in the whole of the country.

Lee, 49, of Norbreck, has used lime mortar to restore the walls of the cottages, and has been working on the project since 2011.

He said: “An old property like this needs a breathable material which is why I have used lime mortar. This is how the work would have been done 350 years ago when the cottages were built.

“The cottages are really important buildings for Blackpool, and hopefully this work will help keep them there for at least another 100 years.

“I am also really pleased because I have just been awarded my Master Plaster certificate by my professional association, and I am only the tenth person in the country to get it.”

Lee’s past experience ranges from working on Blackpool’s Grand Theatre to building straw bale houses in British Columbia in Canada.

Bev Lewis and Louise Brisco live in the cottages.

Bev said: “Lee is very highly skilled, and has done a really good job. The cottages have not had lime plaster on them for many years so it has been nice to see the concrete rendering removed because that was not suitable for cob cottages.”

 

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