Rebuild in Cam, near Dursley

15 metres of wall running North-South on the edge of this old residence, whose previous owners used to own the fields that the extensive estate houses around Cam now sit upon, had become to fall. For years it came to rely upon concrete poles set deep into the ground to support it but even these were now not doing that job.

The concrete posts that were holding the wall up were pushed over themselves.
The wall was extending beyond the concrete posts and beginning to breakup and fall.

I took down the remains of the existing wall to the ground, digging out all of the old foundation including the sections that had been concreted into place. This all needed to come out so that I could run the largest stone across the width of the wall to provide a very stable base.

On the right side of this Trench is a lump of concrete which had to be smashed out to lay a deep foundation stone across the wall width.

Once the foundations were set I started to rebuild using the largest stone lower in the wall. It became clear early on that the old stones were very difficult to ‘work‘ with a hammer (to alter their shape) so my task was to place them unaltered into the wall. I love this walling method ….. so much 3 dimensional thinking 🙂

Above ground now. Lowest stones lower in the wall.

After removing all of the concrete fence poles, creating stable foundations, using sized, unaltered stones, over about 4 weeks – straddling Christmas 2019 – I finished building this wall In early January 2020.

The completed wall in Cam, near Dursley
A closeup of the courses in this dry stone wall in Cam, near Dursley.
Another angle of the complete dry stone wall including the sign of Prince of Walls to show the passing public who did the work.

This was my second piece of work on this residence, having completed some work on the Southern boundary in 2018.

Unfortunately the Northern boundary will fall in the next few years so their will be more to show …..

My customers are very happy yet again …. please look at my website: www.princeofwalls.com to see more of my work.

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