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Volunteers leave time capsule inside repaired 17th century wall

PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 September 2017

Volunteers with the repaired wall. Picture: Peter Speight

Volunteers with the repaired wall. Picture: Peter Speight

Peter Speight

A collapsed 17th century wall has been restored by a group of volunteers.

The Backwell Environment Trust (BET) volunteers have fixed the wall in Badgers Wood Nature Reserve.

The wall has been dated to the early 1800s, and was built when field boundaries were first created on Backwell Hill.

Trustee Ian Chambers said: “Dry stone walling is actually much harder than it looks but the BET volunteers have definitely developed a knack for it, which is just as well as we intend to eventually restore all the historic walls on both our nature reserves.

“Unfortunately we didn’t find any historic artefacts during the rebuilding, but we did leave a time capsule inside the wall for the next generation of restorers to discover.”

BET volunteers meet every Monday and the third Saturday morning of each month from 10am to noon.

For more details, visit the Trust’s website.

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