NZ6308 : Drystone walls, Kildale Moor

taken 8 years ago, 3 km from Commondale, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Drystone walls, Kildale Moor
Drystone walls, Kildale Moor
Sheep graze and rest beside the drystone wall.

Drystone walls are built without mortar, and their stability – they can stand for 200 years – is due to the skill of the craftsmen who place rough boulders and angular stones together.

Many drystone walls were constructed as part of the enclosure of open grazing. They were especially useful in areas too exposed for hedgerows to survive and where stones were readily available.

Most drystone walls are wider at the base than at the crown, and are often capped with coping stones. A typical wall has two outer layers of large, flattish stones enclosing an inner ‘heart’ of smaller, rounder stones. Often it is reinforced with ‘through bands’ of even larger, flat stones which can also be used as stiles.

The very dryness of a wall makes it more likely to endure wind and frost and to act as shelter for livestock as well as a boundary.
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Date Taken
Monday, 4 April, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 2 June, 2011
Geographical Context
Uplands  Boundary, Barrier  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 6390 0892 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:28.2979N 1:0.9306W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 63889 08946
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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