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Exterior stucco or smooth render was used extensively in the early 19th century to
simulate dressed stone. It was particularly popular in parts of the country where
it was many times cheaper than stone. It was used by Nash for his terraces in London,
and in Brighton and Hastings where it withstood the effects of sea salt.
It must be kept in good repair and any patching made with compatible materials.
It is best painted using a matt stone coloured paint.
Pebbledash is far cheaper because it is easier to apply and the materials are cheaper. It
is often applied to walls in poor condition to improve their appearance and improve
their resistance to weathering.
Images and text by John Griffiths, Rye Conservation Society