Tuesday, December 24, 2013

An Experimental and Analytical Study of Dry Stone Retaining Walls - University of BATH UK

Dry-stone walls are formed by carefully stacking blocks of stone rubble, without the use of mortar. Found throughout the world, dry-stone walls form the distinctive character of many areas of the UK, including the Cotswolds, Peak District and Lake District. Dry-stone retaining walls are engineering structures used to support road, railway and canal cuttings and embankments. The walls are commonly about 0.6m thick and are comprised of a bonded masonry face with stacked rubble stone behind. They were mostly built during the 19th and early 20th centuries. There are about 9000 km (5592 miles) of these walls along the UK road network alone, having an estimated replacement value in excess of £1 billion.


Funding body: ESPRCPrincipal investigator: Pete Walker
Co-investigators: Paul McCombie and Andrew Heath
Researcher: Chris MundellAcademic partners: University of SouthamptonIndustry partners: Network Rail, Bradford Metropolitan Council, Wilsthire County Council, Gloucestershire County Council, Cornwall County Council, County Surveyors Society, Dry-stone Walling AssociationDates: 2006-2009

Limit-equilibrium assessment of Drystone Retaining Structures - University of Bath UK

Drystone retaining walls and their modifications – condition appraisal and remedial treatment © CIRIA 2009 London

CIRIA C676 London, 2009

Drystone retaining walls and their modifications – condition appraisal and remedial treatment.


Prepared under contract to CIRIA by Dr Myles O’Reilly and Mott MacDonald Ltd
Dr M P O’Reilly Consultant Dr J Perry Mott MacDonald Ltd

Drystone retaining walls and their modifications – condition appraisal and remedial treatment
O’Reilly, M and Perry, J
C676 © CIRIA 2009 RP723 ISBN: 978-0-86017-676-3

Friday, August 9, 2013

Building Dry Stone Walls - Narrated by Richard Tufnell

An instructional video on the techniques used to build dry stone walls. One of the world's oldest crafts, dry stone walls have many uses, last for many years.

Filmed in: South Asia
Language: English
Duration: 24:13 | Uploaded: Fri Mar 21 2008
Produced: BASIN / GTZ Richard Tufnell and Cyprus Productions 1991

Video Found on http://practicalaction.org/video/view/building_dry_stone_walls/

Friday, March 8, 2013

Building Dry Stone Retaining Walls (2002-06) By NCPTT

BY NCPTT ON   - National Center for Preservation Technology and training.

This video shows how to build small drystone retaining walls from beginning to end; laying out the shape, digging the foundation, determining the wall angle, building the face, packing the back, and leveling the top. The techniques are suitable for all rock types, whether glacially rounded, angular, or flat-bedded. Read or watch the full story at: