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A crin­kle-cran­kle wall is an unusual type of garden wall found in the East Anglia region of east England, but popular mostly in the county of Suffolk.

A crin­kle-cran­kle wall is wavy with al­ter­nating con­vex and con­cave curves like a sinusoid. While this might seem like an unnecessary wastage of bricks, it actually is not. A straight wall requires buttresses in order to make it stand, which can either be provided by a wide footing or supporting posts every few meters. But when the wall is made curvy, the sin­u­ous shape prevents the wall from toppling over with­out the need for but­tress­ing even if the wall is only one brick thin.

Crinkle-Crankle Walls

A Crinkle crankle wall. Photo credit: Esther Simpson/Flickr


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