Dry stone retaining wall has fallen over - how to fix it?

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19 Dec 2007
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We inherited some dry stone retaining walls when we moved into our house (quite why you would use such a wall for retaining a bank of earth I'm not sure.)
Yesterday it eventually fell over. How would you recommend I go about fixing it?

I had thought of building a block wall behind the original line of the dry stone wall to take the load, zig zagging the blocks to present a stonger wall to the earth. I would then build up the dry stone wall, leaning it back onto the new wall.

I'm worried about the whole lot coming down, should I hammer some angle irons into the bank to strenghten it while I'm working?

Also I had thought of building a damp stone wall (putting some mortar on the backs of the stones to help bind them togther a bit.

All comments on above plans and other ideas very greatfully received!
The image is taken from an upstairs window and doesn't really show how steep the bank is.

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