Freemans Adit remediation.
Late in 2019 there was a run of ground into Freemans Level after heavy rain. This is immediately on the leat and posed a Health and Safety issue as the leat is often used as a footpath and the hole could not be seen until you were immediately on it. There was also a threat to grazing stock.
The hole was about two metres into the hill side by about one metre wide and about three metres deep. The outer side and left hand side were loose and overhung, the back was a rock slope up into overburden, the right hand side a solid rockface. Using a ladder it was possible to gain entry to the level which is a trial to a chamber with a borehole and contains a few minor artefacts.
In view of the safety considerations and the fact that the sides would run causing loss of access to the level and part of the leat an immediate remediation was undertaken. This consisted of building up the loose sides and backfilling, pouring and concrete base and building up at the back, and capping with steel reinforced concrete with an entry hatch. A fixed ladder was also installed for easy access.
All of the above described work was within the confines of the naturally formed hole with awareness of the Scheduled Ancient Monument and SSSI status of the site.
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