One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Soft limestone capable of being easily worked.‘they used clunch for most domestic building’as modifier ‘sections of clunch wall in the stable’
- ‘As it's a large square Norman keep and it's still in good condition, clunch can be a very hard stone and weather well.’
- ‘There is a great variety of materials in the older buildings but a particular characteristic is the use of Chilmark Stone and a chequered pattern of clunch and napped flint.’
- ‘The original walls were clunch and were pilfered by a bastard son of Henry the Eighth to build Berkhamsted Place.’
- ‘Another small area of clunch is noted where a garden path crosses the western end of a low bank to the east, possibly indicating a wall alignment, although no masonry evidence is otherwise noted.’
- ‘There are useful resources within the parish: flints for tool making and building, a band of hard chalk called clunch also for building, and areas of woodland and gravel.’
Early 19th century: perhaps from dialect clunch ‘lumpy, thickset’.
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