New ‘hat’ for Cranmere Pool Letterbox!


The home for Cranmere Pool’s letterbox has just be repaired after 43 years of being out in all weathers!

The capping stone, made from a reinforced concrete slab, was loose and broken in several places so a suitable replacement was required.

Broken capping stone

Broken capping stone

A new capping stone was found in the National Park’s stone store and after only a minor modification was ready to be installed at its new home.

New capping stone

New capping stone

To minimise any damage to the moorland, Ian Jarvis, Training Area Safety Officer for Dartmoor, kindly arranged for a Sea King helicopter from RNAS Yeovilton to airlift the stone out to site.

Before this could be done, the weight of the stone was required by the helicopter crew. Fahey’s of Okehampton kindly allowed me to use their weighbridge, recording a weight of 80kg!

New capping stone being airlifted to site

New capping stone being airlifted to site

Once out on site, the stone was lifted into place by hand and secured by four metal pins.

New capping stone in place

New capping stone in place

All that remains to be done is the repainting of the door but lets hope that this capping stone lasts for at least another 40 years!

Many thanks to all those involved in this project.

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