Demolition has begun...this is quite a fun/scary part of the job as you never know what you may find
The interior plaster and render has been carefully removed from the front wall exposing the original Bungaroosh and Flint work. For those uninitiated with Bungaroosh...
Bungaroosh is composite building material used almost exclusively in the English seaside resort of Brighton between the mid-18th and mid-19th centuries, when it grew from a fishing village into a large town. It can incorporate any of a wide variety of substances and materials, such as whole or broken bricks, cobblestones, flints(commonly found on the South Downs around Brighton), small pebbles, sand and pieces of wood, into hydraulic lime and shuttering it until it set.
Although the material is solid once set, it has poor resistance to water. If it dries out completely, it can crumble away; but if it gets wet it can dissolve and start to move, causing structural failure. A common maxim states that much of Brighton "could be demolished with a well-aimed hose"...
This has exposed the rotten wall plate timber above, which now has to be replaced. After years & years of bodging and cover up, remedial work can now be carried out to prevent the damp which we now know was caused by sealing in residual building moisture by layers of Bodge.
The good news is that the front parapet wall had been fibreglassed extremely well and any damp was not caused by leaks from roof or failing asphalt etc
So only decoration is required to the front of the building. Hooray!!