French drain / 1930s bungalow, concrete sub-floor, old damp issues

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Ok, so today I removed the concrete path that ran alongside my house - it was level with airbricks, and covered some completely.

The airbricks have 3 courses below them before the concrete floor. Should I take soil down to this level?

My plan is to put weed barrier membrane down and cover with gravel. If I can get away with just having a trench by the wall and leaving the rest higher, that would be good.

This dried out after the photo - depth of trench I think I'll do ... :
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Can see airbrick and floor here - damp line dried out after lowering the soil outside
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How it was - top of air brick just visible.
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How it is today - concrete removed, some hardcore then soil:
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The drainpipe runs along the side of the house, so can only remove so much.

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ended up going down about 4 courses. Scraped the wet clay mud off the bricks too.

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Calling all cats, calling all cats - everyone round to jonbeys garden.

Nah, next door's dog plus the busy road will put any cats off!

That's one advantage of living by a busy road, not many cats in the area. There aren't many other advantages actually .. it's nearer the bus stop!
 
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I'd be very impressed if you don't get a 'surprise' underfoot one morning!
 

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Nobody ever walks down there. Well, apart from me when I am cleaning windows or the gutter - so about once every few years!
 
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