Monday, 20 August 2018

Ancient walls

Been rebuilding 100m of ancient walls around the lead mining areas in Middleton by Wirksworth. Fascinating as we think some of these walls are pre enclosure because they are vertical. This could be late 1600s or early 1700s. It would appear that some of these have never been built looking at the condition of the stone in the middle of the wall. It's fascinating to wonder who may have built these, what their life was like, and so on.




Rebuilt limestone field walls


Friday, 8 June 2018

RHS Flower Show at Chatsworth

I am currently spending the week here at the RHS show at Chatsworth working with friends and colleagues from Landmark Walling

It has been a fantastic few days so far with a couple more days to go. Carl and Dan and the team have already built the beautiful 'Emergence' (see below) featuring local limestone and sandstone. It is an inspirational piece of walling...

I have now joined them and we are working on a much smaller wall, simply to demonstrate the beautiful craft of dry stone walling and demonstrate some of the features that a wall can have.







Tuesday, 23 January 2018

If Walls Could Talk

Recently I have been lucky enough to be involved with a film about dry stone walls. A local filmmaker (Roland Keates - www.transfigurephotography.co.uk )has made a beautiful and fascinating film due to be launched this spring.




or click on the link below

https://youtu.be/M39EsdI-KAk

Friday, 19 January 2018

Snow stops play



First winter where I have missed days due to snow....I used to love snow...

Trees and walls do not get on!

There are very good reasons not to plant trees near walls. 

The following photos show a wall with holly trees and others planted way to close. The roots grow into the wall and as the wind blows and trees move...well, you know what will happen.

Can't cut these out so they stay under the wall
Where possible I can bridge roots to allow for growth