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Stone Wall Masterpiece

Our work on this country garden high in the Pennines continues. Last year we shared with you the circular entertaining deck surrounded by dry stone walls that we created as the focal point in the front garden (top row of images shown below) and you can see the new area which is currently being developed (bottom row of images shown below).

Dry stone wall being built in contemporary garden design

The first phase of this new section of work is to construct a large deck area that will support a 4m x 4m summer house. Before creating the deck we need to make the ground level and put in a retaining wall.

In these images you can see the wall will appear to be a dry stone wall from the main side, but hidden from view we are using concrete blog to keep the cost down. Also pictured above is James Cropper, the excellent stone mason and his team creating the dry stone wall masterpiece.

Dry stone walls are a picturesque landscape feature of the Pennines. They may have originally been used to keep wild animals away from crops and farm animals, but on this property their main use is to keep sheep out of our clients’ gardens and provide them with privacy from local walkers.

Some field walls are amongst the oldest man made features in this area of the country, so it’s important when creating new walls to get good quality craftsman to build in keeping with the traditional look.

Dry stone walls are called dry because no mortar or other bonding material such as clay is used to keep the stones together. From the late 18th century a typical wall has consisted of a foundation course, generally of larger stones or boulders known as footings, with two wall faces of large stones. The cavity in between the faces is filled with smaller stones orhearting. The wall is capped by a layer of larger stones, often laid partly on edge, known as top stones or coping stones. In most walls in the north west the two wall faces taper slightly towards the top of the wall and are bound together with one or more rows of throughstones or throughswhich span the full width of the wall.