A definition

By Hugh Conway Jones


Rampering was a process applied 200 years ago using turf to stabilise the slope of a spoil bank that could be 10-15ft above the canal water level in places. The aim was to stop loose soil being washed back into the canal by rain or by the wash of passing vessels. Over the years, the turf has become colonised by other plants, bushes and even trees, and the canal bank has been reinforced by piling, so there is not usually anything left to see of the original turf.

In a report of the Committee of the Gloucester and Berkeley Canal Co dated 30 November 1795, engineer Robert Mylne described rampering as 'the covering and dressing up of the slopes of the two large (spoil) banks beside the canal with turf'.  (TNA RAIL 829/1 p87) The spoil banks on either side of the canal excavation were several feet high in places, and the sloping sides needed rampering to stabilise the slopes.

A similar explanation is given in www.srbdig.com/PACanal.htm

This page was added by Iris Capps on 25/07/2009.

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