Churchyards all have a boundary to define the sacred area and, more practically, to keep farm animals out. However, sheep, goats and geese are sometimes shut inside nowadays until the grass is cut. Depending on the type of country, the boundary may be a hedge, or a stone or brick wall built using mortar.
Always seems to be on top of a hill. Unlike hill dykes where stone is traditionally brought down to the site, the materials for a cairn have to be transported UP the hill. These days it is unreasonable to expect any builder to cart stone uphill using biceps and boot leather, so some form of…
Lines of dry stone shooting butts are a distinctive landscape feature on our upland heather moors, some of the earliest examples dating back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. They usually consist of a dry stone enclosure to conceal the occupants and offer some shelter from the elements, topped off with turf.
This leaflet gives guidance on what to look for in dry stone walls so you have value for money and know that they have been built to last. It has been produced in response to requests to the DSWA over the years concerning the quality of work that has already been carried out.
Until the late 1800s bees were kept in straw skeps, mostly on benches in the open, or on a shelf in an open-fronted shelter. But in wetter and windier parts of Britain, some beekeepers kept them in bee boles. These are recesses built in a wall specifically for housing skeps,
A single wall or dyke is only a single stone thick whereas the more common double wall consists of two stone walls to form the faces with small stones to fill the gap and throughstones and topstones bridging the two face walls to hold them together.
We had a great 2017 season which just wrapped up in the beginning of October. Our 2018 schedule will be posted and ready for sign-ups shortly. 2018 will be our biggest year ever with over 40 workshops and events. The Stone Arch, the Stone Arch Bridge and the Instructor Certification course will all be offered…
We had a great workshop with Matt Carter and Brian Fairfield teaching. Fourteen participants Friday prepared the wall site and learned about stone shaping. Fifteen participants built 45 feet of wall on Saturday and Sunday including two cheek ends. Check out all the pictures below!