Cover Image Property of PUBLISHER
1984 cover scanned from my private collection

Cover Image Property of PUBLISHER
2007 cover reissued as part of the Shire Library series at 40 pages


  • Why Dry Stone Walls?
  • The Development of Walls
  • Construction of a Dry Stone Wall
  • Regional Stones and Styles
  • The Craft Today
  • Organisations
  • Further Reading
  • Places to Visit

Title: SHIRE ALBUM: Dry Stone Walls, Book No. 114
Author/Designer: Lawrence Garner
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1984
Publisher: Shire Publications Ltd., Princes Risbourough, UK
Language: English
Page Count: 32
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8 1/4" x 5 3/4"
ISBN: 0852636660

SUMMARY- All interior photographs are black-and-white. You get a cliff notes overview of the history and purpose of day stone walls, and then a tantalizing tutorial on how they're built. I'm sure there are plenty of important details left out, but if there was an apocalypse and I had to make a go of surviving it on my own, I think I'd like to have a complete run of the Shire Library just for books like this.

Shire Publications always includes a reading list and a visitor or museum listing where you can see real examples of the subject matter of the issue. I love that feature of these books and think it's worth the price of admission all by itself!