More than one mud walled farm building was lost during the Foot and Mouth outbreak - the powers that be decided that pressure washing buildings that were on infected premises would be a good idea - the effect of a pressure washer on an earth wall can be imagined. It would probably have been more effective to limewash them all - apparently the virus is relatively weak (although desperately infectious/contagious) so the alkalinity of the limewash would have finished it off (exposure to sunlight does much the same, apparently!)
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Sent: 23 October 2009 15:35
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Heeley City Farm Mud Stomp
>>From: "McCrone, Peter (NE)" [log in to unmask] wrote:
Cob and clunch/pise/etc walls will often have a wide coping to do the same (some thatched ones in the south of Emngland).
I remember the late Bill Putnam once telling us that he received a phone call from a friend who had recently bought a cottage in Dorset, telling him in a state of horror that he had discovered his new house was made of mud! Bill had many an entertaining stories like that, many often deriding fellow archaeologists and one in particular who will not mention here. :-(
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