Sir Walter Raleigh discovered the asphalt lakes in Trinidad - source of much of the world's bitumen - in 1597.
A Frenchman named Claridge patented mastic asphalt in 1867.
Only time-served craftsmen apply mastic asphalt.
Mastic asphalt is found in numerous prestigious buildings such as the Bank of England, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Foster's Swiss Re building in the City.
Mastic asphalt is virtually incombustible.
The vapour resistance of mastic asphalt is bettered only by sheet steel.
Mastic asphalt is vermin-proof and rotproof.
Independent studies state that the life expectancy of mastic asphalt exceeds that of all other flat-roof membranes.
Mastic asphalt is supplied by hot charge, ready to lay, from heated transporters.
Some 30 per cent of mastic asphalt manufactured in the UK is laid internally on domestic and commercial floors.
Mastic asphalt surfaces can be used within two to three hours of being laid.
Jack Duckworth from Coronation Street (played by the actor Bill Tarmey) is a fully qualified mastic asphalt spreader.