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||Posted: 25 April 2017,18:11
They paving is etruria marl clay diamond pavers, very desirable and, if you went to buy them at a reclamation yard, you'd pay a couple of quid each. (If you sell them, you might get a tenth of that, so don't be thinking they'll pay for the new back yard!)
They've obviously been down for quite a while, so it's not immediately obvious why a damp problem should start just now. The level at that corner with the gate is a lttle high, but not worryingly so.
I'd be digging down in that corner to see if the ground is wet. If there's a drainage pipe going down that ginnel, leading from the IC in the yard, then it could well be that a crack or breakage has developed, which is allowing water/effluent to escape, which is then migrating into the brickwork of the house.
Whatever you do, try and develop a design to re-use those gorgeous diamond pavers. They are uniquely English, made more-or-less onloy in the West Midlands (and parts of N.Wales) and a part of our rapidly disappearing paving heritage. They would make a lovely edge course, if you are intent on using gravel.
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