Modern Walls

DSWA Pinnacle Awards

The Dry Stone Walling Association's Pinnacle Award Scheme "recognises outstanding projects incorporating dry stone walling. The scheme is designed to embrace a wide spectrum of work although only the most outstanding projects incorporating the very best of craftsmanship, innovative use of design and inspirational use of stone will be considered for a Pinnacle Award."

I wrote a series of 3 articles covering these awards for "Waller and Dyker". Until I get more time and photos these are available here as pdf files in black and white only. Click on 'Aeticle 1' etc to view the pdf.

Article 1 covers the first 4 awards:
The Harris Blackhouse - the first new Blackhouse built since the 19th Century.
Portrack Urns and Wave wall - work carried out as part of Dr Charles jencks world famous garden of Cosmic Speculation.
Lothian Landscape Sculptures - aka the Edinburgh roundabouts.
Longdene Garden Scheme - the home of Lord McLaurin.

Article 2 covers 3 more awards:
Alexandra Park Oldham - Victorian duck pond restoration.
The Manor, Temple Guiting - walled garden resdtoration/creation.
Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire - dry stone clad straw bale building.
One World Garden, Chelmsford - Gardencommemorating the Scout movement's 2005 centenary

Article 3 covers Andy Goldsworthy's Sheepfold project

Other Modern Projects

Ormlie, Thurso

Not all walls are Pinnacle award Winners.

In this section are relatively new structures, sometimes public art installations, sometimes field walls, but which are not pinnacle award winners and so do not fall in that section...


Originally conceived as a National Exhibit the Yorkshire Exhibit of Dry Stone Walling on the Shibden Estate near Halifax is is a collection of walls and features illustrating the craft.