17/07/2013

Broad Norfolk Wednesday - Crinkle Crankle Wall


(Photo from here)

This weeks Broad Norfolk word of the week is Crinkle Crankle Wall

It's used to describe a quintessentially English construction of a brick wall, most commonly found in Suffolk.  I love how you can be driving a long a country road and turn a bend and suddenly come across a crinkle crankle wall, pretty much as far as the eye can see.  It feels like they go on for miles....and of course if you stretched them out straight they probably would!

The crinkle crankle wall economises on bricks, despite its curvy configuration, because it can be made just one brick deep. If a wall this thin were to be made in a straight line, without buttresses, it would easily topple over!

The wall not only gains it's strength from it's serpentine shape but fruit trees are often planted in the curves of the wall to gain advantage of the shelter provided.  

A pretty good example can be found at Easton, near Wickham Market.

Crinkle Crankle Walls are just one of the many things I love about England.

Happy Wednesday my Lovelies. xx

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