Building the Carport and Arch
The perimeter wall around the western side of the Round House grounds was still an eyesore in early 1982. Back in 1976 we had repaired a large crack in the old wall, caused by an ash tree growing on the inside, by removing the tree and winching the wall slowly back into place, but had left the old entrance gateway till another time.
It was a wide gateway, wide enough for a horse and carriage to pass through, as they probably did in days gone by. But now it was narrowed to a single person doorway by several old sheets of corrugated tin we had recycled from the former tin shed on the site. In 1982 Dave had a plan to build a carport for his newly acquired Triumph Spitfire and tidy up the gateway at the same time.
Inspiration for the design of the new entrance to the carport came after we had been on holiday in Jersey that Spring. Where Dave had spotted some archways that were lower and flatter than the usual semi-circular shape, and in particular had "L" shaped stones at the base of the arch, resting on the side pillars.