Dry Stone Walling

We work with a variety of local stones including Bath limestone, Bristol pennant sandstone and Forest of Dean sandstone. The distinctive appearance of local stone makes it perfect for dry stone walling, allowing it to blend in naturally with its surroundings. We use time-honoured dry stone walling techniques to build strong, solid walls without mortar. A well-built dry stone wall can really enhance the look of your garden and is suitable for terracing, boundary walls, and retaining walls.

Random Rubble Wall

This is the Celtic form of building a stone wall. As the heading suggests, the stone is random, unsquared and of irregular size. It is always bedded with a bonding agent, and, keeping with tradition, we always prefer using lime to cement as this also protects the stone from the more brittle cementitious mediums, which are in common use.

Coursed and semi-coursed

Here you notice the horizontal linear patterns in the walling. The stone must be worked (cut, cropped or hammered) to produce the rough, rectangular design. These pieces are then coursed together in a linear fashion with a bonding course placed on top of the joints, similar to a brick weave. In semi-coursed work the horizontal mortar line may only be visible at every third or fourth course.

Ashlar Wall

This is usually regular stone that has been sawn cut on six sides. It occasionally complements rubble walls at the corners and edges of buildings (quoins) where a sharp or clean finish is required. It can also be found in decorative faces of buildings, outlining doorways or windows.

Clay Bricks

As well as natural stone walling, we also work with traditional clay bricks, offering both construction and repointing services. We prefer to use hand-made clay bricks which give a unique character and appearance to any building. Furthermore, we are always happy to work with reclaimed bricks as these often have a quality of their own.

Bristol Stone Masonry -
39 Alma Vale Road, Bristol,
- 0117 941 3000