This is how the gable end used to look. It stood tall and firm for a couple of centuries and then time and rot did their work, most notably on one of the wooden joists supporting it. So it was time for a new wall ……………..
The demolition begins …… am I scared? Am I worried?……………… Oh yes !
Most houses of this period don’t have deep foundations, if they have foundations at all! But we dug down and found a layer of impermeable, solid rock about 1m below the house and built a new foundation on that. It is made from ‘beton armée’ – reinforced concrete to you and me, and has steel bars going through it. In another 200 years this foundation is still going to be there !
And here we are today (mid-September 2018) and the wall is being rebuilt using the original stone as a façade on the breeze blocks. The windows are being reinstated, and the whole will be just like before only better, stronger, straighter !