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The Cleaning of Bath Stone

Published: 2020-01-28 Updated: 2020-01-28 Subject: Planning

Historic Environment Conservation Advice Note

This leaflet is published in 2010 as part of a series of Conservation Advice Notes issued by the Council in association with partners on a variety of built heritage issues. 

Stone cleaning can cause unnecessary damage to historic buildings. The aim of this leaflet is to provide advice on how to avoid both preventable distress to Bath stonework and unnecessary expense.

Dirty stonework is usually an urban problem. It is the result of weathering and pollution, originally from coal fires and more recently from motor vehicle exhausts.

This document will be of particular relevance to Bath where there is a high concentration of listed buildings constructed from Bath stone. 

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