Below are some images of walls I have come to
know and love (mostly!)
Buxton Driveway Wall
As with many walls in Buxton, the road side is beautifully coursed gritstone and the house side, random limestone. With this wall it was leaning heavily over onto the drive as can be seen below...
We dismantled the entire wall removing large amounts of mortar and rebuilt but replacing the limestone with sandstone.
It looks fantastic!
A rebuild of a garden wall on a steep garden next to the River Derwent
Domestic walls built with Trevor Wragg (Master Craftsman)
|Poorly built and already falling down; even Nell looks depressed looking at it!|
|You can see running joints which contribute to weakness in wall|
|Rebuilt with the same stone but with plenty of packing!|
|Solid corners and footings reset to cope with the soft ground.|
|Customer was so pleased with right hand side they asked us to rebuild the left hand side. We straightened the name plaque and framed it and set a new post box into the wall.|
Summer 2017 - 70m of Domestic Walling with features in Ford
Features in Domestic Walls, Ford 2017
Spring 2017 Birchover
Steps using local stone and thick Indian Sandstone slabs from Pennine Paving
Summer 2016 - Flower beds at Scropton
Topped off with Indian Sandstone slabs from Pennine Paving
Garden Wall with Steps
Chesterfield Summer 2016 Working solo
Rebuild of a lovely driveway wall, a delight to build with fantastic coursed local stone.
and with builder's mate acting as lookout!
Winter 2016/17 Field Wall repairs Kirk Ireton;
|BEFORE - Hit by articulated lorry following sat nav!|
AFTER - Repaired by Waller following tradition!
Trevor and I were asked to rebuild and complete a beautiful curved wall of around 40m in length. Built with sandstone with a small gateway at the lower end.
Limestone field wall in Brassington
Despite the rain and mud I really enjoyed rebuilding this limestone wall at an entrance into a field. The stone was like a dolomitic limestone, very gnarly and bobbly with huge boulders but into the top half of the wall. Needless to say, once down they stayed down and became footers...where they should have been!
|Left hand curve, before|
|Left hand curve, finished|
|Right hand curve, before|
|Right hand curve, finished|
Recent projects up to December 2015
Curved garden wall (sandstone) Kirk Ireton
Using enormous stone as footings (at least they won't move!) I built this lovely curved wall which is currently awaiting a decision on copes possibly flat or possibly the traditional half rounds. The grass is slightly yellow as we used boards on the grass to protect it from the several tonnes of stone sitting on it for a week or so!
Mount St Bernard's Abbey, Leicestershire
Collapsed granite wall, vertical, height of between 6-8ft.
A really challenging job due to the height, it's vertical nature and the size of stone. The surrounding wall is in poor condition so a lime mortar was used inside to add strength to this section given it's height and that there is a footpath alongside it.
|All finished and looking good!|
Sandstone offcuts used to hide an oil bund (Kirk Ireton)
Swinscoe (Ashbourne) - collapsed field/garden wall (limestone)
Unfortunately the copes had been cemented so when a small section fell,it dragged much of the rest of the wall with it!
It was a lovely job to rebuild, sadly in mist for all bar the first day so I didn't see much of the amazing views from up there!
|Gapping - repairing field walls in Lea and Holloway. (sandstone)|
|Section 1 - Before|
|Section 1 - After|
|Section 2 - After|
|Section 3 - After|
Rebuilt a retaining field / garden wall for a customer..weather was beautiful so worked hard to complete before the forecast snow arrived!
Tried to preserve the look of the original by reusing the mossy faces where I could.
Feb 2015 - Recent walls of interest...
A van hit a wall and the damage clearly visible
|You can see the amount of movement in the lower part of the wall|
|You can see the shift in the wall...|
|Cemented copers remain attached|
Walling in Alderwasley
Stone had been buried by process of JCB demolishing wall and scraping stone and large amounts of earth over the stone...a day excavating ensued!
Ended up with only 3 stones left...it was a close run thing for this field wall!!!
Hooray! finished next section of wall. Now the owner of the final stretch has asked me to complete his bit too! So by the end it'll be completely rebuilt.
|to this...deeply satisfying!|
|One happy waller!|
Current project, rebuilding a semi retaining gritstone wall in Kirk Ireton
|A very lose and wonky wall|
|A common fault in walls where running joints create weakness|
|stripped out and foundations relaid|
|waiting for the copers|
|the first half finished|
Gapping on a limestone wall above Carsington
|A collapsed field wall, note how the tree has grown into the wall!|
|Stripping the old wall out and digging a foundation trench|
|Laying new foundations with the biggest and ugliest stone!|
|Only being able to lay out stone on 1 side was quite a challenge!|
|The wall slowly growing....|
|The wall is finished and the farmer is really pleased!|