At the beginning of October, vandals manage to lever a massive capping stone off the parapet wall, breaking the stone itself and destroying much of the wall below. The battery team rebuilds the foundations of the wall in preparation for the capping stone to be reset.
Our thanks go to Churngold for their prompt and generous help, sending a professional team to lift, reset and patch up the capping stone. The battery team locates and sets in a small capping stone to fill an old gap in the parapet and complete the section of wall.
Consolidating some remaining vulnerable sections of Victorian masonry – four in all
Members of Clevedon Civic Society, Friends of Poets’ Walk and Woodcutters for Wildlife consolidate the remains of another vulnerable wall before the start of the school holidays.
Removing weeds, roots and stumps from a wall prior to re-building work
Two members of Clevedon Civic Society stabilise the vandalised lintel by adding two lower concrete lintels and infilling with mortar strengthened with mesh & PVA bonding agent.
The battery team spends a total of 50 hours consolidating and partially rebuilding the ruined powder store and the wall behind it, using cement mortar for quick (vandal-proof) drying. The intention is to point the masonry later with authentic lime mortar.
Weeds and roots are cleared from the ruined powder store in preparation for building work. The gradient of the slope (to become grassed over) is improved by raking down soil.
Pulling sow thistles beside the boundary wall and removing a stubborn yew stump
More than 150 barrow loads (c. 14 tons) of rubble are barrowed downhill by 8 volunteers from Clevedon Civic Society and the Friends of Poets’ Walk. The heap is collected for hardcore by grab lorry at 07:30 the following morning – funded by Clevedon Civic Society.
Digging out more rubble and debris and uncovering more history
The site is gradually cleared of rubble and debris prior to eventual removal by a grab lorry. Remains of the old corrugated iron roof and a second concrete floor appear.
Thanks to Clevedon Civic Society funding and under the leadership of Civic Society Environment Group member Nick Humphries a further section of the perimeter wall (phase 1 part 2) is completed (photos below).
Ten volunteers from the Friends of Poets’ Walk and Clevedon Civic Society took part over three days, using 32 bags of lime mortar and working for a total of over 80 hours on site. 16.5 metres (54 feet) of wall have now been partially rebuilt and successfully stabilised.
With funding for materials as well as valuable practical help from Clevedon Civic Society we are now able to proceed with our vision of securing the battery site (photos below)
Three loose or displaced capping stones on the front wall are rebedded in mortar and made secure. One of them is retrieved from the beach far below!
A huge capping stone in the front wall, displaced over the years by a hawthorn tree, is levered back into place after replacing and bedding in stones below it with lime mortar.
Phase 1 (part 1) to partly rebuild and stabilise the perimeter wall took place between 9th and 11th May. Thirty-five bags of traditional lime putty mortar from Chards of Bristol were used to refurbish 30 feet of wall. Eleven volunteers from the Friends of Poets’ Walk and Clevedon Civic Society took part, working for a total of over 90 hours.
Funding from Clevedon Civic Society has enabled us to start re-building and consolidating the ruined perimeter wall. The above photos show Civic Society Environment Group members working with Friends of Poets’ Walk in preparing the site.
The following photographs show our work on the Wain’s Hill Gun Battery site from January 2016 to October 2017.
During the past year (2017) the stone work has been further damaged by vandals but North Somerset Council contractors have now made the ruins safe, and less vulnerable, by filling in holes and capping the walls using lime mortar (photos below – October 2017).