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The prestigious country estate at Overbury is situated on the southern lower slopes of Bredon Hill, an Oolitic limestone outlier of the Cotswold Hills. Silver Rill Pond, fed from springs, issuing from the limestone lies within the beautiful landscaped gardens of Silver Rill House. Built in 1740 the house was originally a mill powered by the stream and associated pond.
The management of the pond has been problematic for a number of years. The pond, located on the horizon between the limestone and lias clay was originally excavated in the hillside, the excavated material being utilised to form the dam. The latter has periodically overtopped, particularly during the major flood event in 2007 and evidence of slippage required remedial works to safeguard the structure.
Birch Brothers were commissioned to undertake piling works along the highest portion of the dam, together with outlet culvert replacement and sundry landscaping works. After full restoration of the 20 ft. diameter water mill wheel, our works will enable the mill to be utilized for electricity generation in the future.