Another retaining wall rebuild near Godalming

A second job with bargate stone in 2018.  A vehicle had damanged a retaining wall by the entrance road and the client wanted it repaired and extended a bit around the corner.

The client fortunately had some extra stone in reserve as the bargate quarry is now closed down and supplies can be hard to find (mostly reclaimation), and expensive. Extra was needed for the extension and to rebuild the wall with more strength. The original build was a bit loose and some of the stone had deteriorated over time.

Before and after shots.

Before - ouch!

Before - ouch!

Extended

Extended

Bargate retaining wall collapse near Godalming

Retaining wall rebuild.

A little job in Jan 2018.  A vehicle had backed into an earth retaining wall on the roadside and the client wanted it rebuilt.

Each wall seems to have its own complications. This one was a limited supply of stone to rebuild with. It was originally built quite shallow, by my standards anyway, and had no long ties into the earth-bank. The client had a few spare stones though and so it was possible to rebuild it a bit thicker and better packed. It was my first time with this very regional Bargate sandstone and it was quite nice to use.  Spent a bit of time cleaning some of them up as there had been some lime mortar involved at some stages. 

Before and after shots below.

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Gap repair in Lancashire

I did a quick repair job for my in-laws for free as I wanted to work with again with the stone I had grown up around after all this time.

The section of wall had fallen down some time ago and some temporary fencing was just about keeping stock

Before.

Before.

Most of the stone was burried on the fairly steep earth slope behind the wall. This meant a lot of digging them out and throwing stones uphill, a good workout! Luckily the earth was dry and I manged to get enough stones to fill most of the gap.

The far side. Some good sized rocks available.

The far side. Some good sized rocks available.

The rebuild took a couple of hard days work. I didn’t use a string line this time and later wished I had. The coursing is there (by eye) but it is not really running as nicely as I would like into the adjoining sections.

Gap gone!

Gap gone!

Still only sheep, cattle and the occastional farmer will have to look at it, and it’s definitely better than it was.