Cob Wall, Maslen Farm

Built hundreds of years ago with Greensand clay this wall near Milk Hill, Devizes had been badly neglected and thought beyond repair with a 25degree lean and heavy mortar bee, farm traffic and weather erosion. Approx 12 tonnes of new clay cob were mixed up in a neighbouring field with a small digger and hand built up in cob lumps and refacing to cater for the tapering face to return it to near vertical on the lean side to work as one long cob buttress. As the clay dried it inevitably suffered superficial cracking but these will be addressed when it has fully dried out over the winter with a new slurry layer of lime render sprayed up under pressure.









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