Gauged brickwork

– Tuckpointing

Often known as the 'grand illusion', tuckpointing was a way of imitating the fine, narrow joints of superior, gauged brickwork. By using inferior and often irregular shaped bricks and flush-filling the wide, brick-coloured mortar joint, a narrow ribbon of contrasting lime putty was inserted, which from a distance had the geometric fine-lined appearance of accurate (and expensive) gauged brickwork.

Kent Conservation and Restoration have skilled tuckpointers and conservationists who rely on the tools, techniques and materials of their fellow artisans of the late 17th and 18th centuries for true authenticity. In any restoration work they will analyse the existing lime putty and then use carefully blended slaked limes and ochres to create an indistinguishable match to the original. Very often though, to achieve best results, it is preferable and simpler to re-tuckpoint a complete elevation.