Devil's Bend update as work on track to repair collapsed ancient wall that has blocked Nottinghamshire road

The ancient wall along part of Town Street, Bramcote, which is known locally as Devil’s Bend, is currently being repaired
-Credit: (Image: Nottinghamshire County Council)

The repairs to a broken wall on Nottinghamshire's infamous Devil's Bend are progressing well and should be completed on time, according to council officials. A section of ancient wall along the part of Town Street, Bramcote, known locally as 'Devil’s Bend', fell into the road on Sunday, April 9, prompting a lengthy investigation before repairs began on May 6.

Nottinghamshire County Council and the area's division councillor have now confirmed the works are progressing well and are on track to finish by late June, despite the repairs being complicated by the historic nature of the barrier. Steve Carr, Independent county councillor for Bramcote and Beeston North, said: "The repairs have been making good progress and I've been told it is on track for the middle or end of June.

"They are building it back so it looks like it did before, from what I can tell from the pictures, but with extra strengthening that will stop the soil and trees pushing it over again. The repair is very specialised because it's in a conservation area, so it has to follow extra rules."

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Mr Carr said he felt locals now accepted the lengthy closure was needed to permanently solve the recurring problem, as another part of the wall had fallen down in 2021. "They need to do a proper job of it, else it will keep happening so I think most people would rather have the longer closure and make sure it's fixed for good," he said.

Nottinghamshire County Council said its contractor had now cleaned and prepared the sandstone layers at the rear of the wall, with the authority's expert on historic buildings also approving the work. Workers have also laid the stone foundations and started to create the concrete support needed to prevent the wall from collapsing again.

The repairs will be made to match the remaining brickwork and the concrete used to strengthen them will not be visible. The road is on the oldest maps of the area that have been found, and was likely cut into sandstone.

The wall’s exact age is unknown, although it’s believed the upper and lower sections were built at separate times. A detour has been in place through Beeston for those unable to travel down the Town Street since April.

The stretch is well-known by those in the immediate and surrounding areas and has a local reputation for being a tricky turn to make, with some even choosing to avoid the route altogether.