Every wychert way to save wall

Tumbling down: The historic witchert wall behind Haddenham church is painstakingly demolished
Tumbling down: The historic witchert wall behind Haddenham church is painstakingly demolished
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Not so much listed as listing – and that’s why a historic wychert wall just had to go.

But the good news is that it will be back – it has been painstakingly demolished and will one day rise again behind Haddenham Parish Church, when funds allow.

Safety fears prompted the move to address problems with the wall that borders the edge of a footpath behind the church.

Under the watchful eye of an AVDC building inspector a piece-by-piece demolition began last week by the Thame-based Chris Bowler company, saving as much of the wychert material and capping tiles as possible.

Items of old ceramic, leather and wooden oddments were retrieved. Fragments of a surface-plastered wall were also discovered, suggesting that materials from an old wychert-based cottage had originally been reused to build the church wall.

Wychert is a type of clay unique to the Haddenham area.