One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive (of a stone wall) built without using mortar.
- ‘However, were the same stones to be constructed into a drystone wall (which uses no mortar and no method of fixing the wall to the ground) on a farm, the wall obviously would form part of the land of the farm.’
- ‘Those recovering from drug problems are involved in several forms of environmental restoration work including constructing drystone walls, repairing footpaths and creating hedges.’
- ‘Last week stonemasons were working on the surrounding drystone walls in preparation for the unveiling.’
- ‘The incident happened on the morning of September 1, 2002, when a woman driver careered off a road adjoining the lake, crashing through a drystone wall and ploughing into the water.’
- ‘Up to 60 per cent more cash is to be made available from the Government for capital works such as restoring the distinctive network of drystone walls, barns and hedgerows.’
- ‘It helped re-build drystone walls, it put stepping stones across becks, it restored, and is still restoring, hundreds of acres of woodland, landscaped village greens and helped refurbish village halls.’
- ‘These include the restoration of drystone walls and hedges, and improving access to the countryside.’
- ‘They are constructed of parallel, irregularly coursed drystone walls with rubble cores.’
- ‘He lost control of his car and it ploughed straight through a drystone wall, skidded across a field, and plunged into the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.’
- ‘And think of the features that make our landscape so gorgeously English: the hedgerows, drystone walls and the shady copses and spinneys punctuating the expanses of green.’
- ‘Ours was middling weather, clear enough to see the ruler-straight drystone wall that guided us the next mile and bright enough to pick a meandering line avoiding the thickest heather and the boggy bits.’
- ‘He was born on the floor of the family farm in Bolton Abbey on a day when the Craven Fault slipped, bringing a mini earthquake which caused the farm's drystone walls to collapse.’
- ‘The drystone walls, country lanes and low-lying fields all disappeared in one of the most ambitious engineering projects of the 19th century that changed the landscape of this part of the Lake District forever.’
- ‘A herd of feral goats grazed on the hillside only a few yards from where naturalist Dick Balharry and I lay against an old drystone wall.’
- ‘It is also, though, a land of an exhilarating beauty, a frontier landscape, where drystone walls separate wild from wild, not wild from cultivated.’
- ‘There is likely to be an increase in the size of holdings to make them more economic, and as a result farmers will have less time to look after wildlife habitats, drystone walls, woodlands and hedges.’
- ‘A massive full moon that looked like it was balancing on the horizon had me leaning on the drystone wall and staring at it in awe for ages.’
- ‘In addition, drystone walls have been restored.’
- ‘I followed the ridge out to its terminal peak, following the drystone wall that runs along the crest to just below the summit slopes.’
- ‘Its construction is just amazing: layers of hand-carved stone, built like a circular drystone wall, with a tapering, turf-covered roof.’
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