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Flint Walls
Extremely hard and durable walls out of flint stone, using nodules or rocks of flint that have been knapped to give a decorative face.

flint stone walls
A study in contrasts. The almost black flint walling and the white stone ashlar work. Seen at the Priory Church of St. Bartholomew The Great, London UK.

Flint is a hard almost glass-like stone that apart from it's historical uses as stone age tools and cutting edges, was used for hundreds of years for lighting fires. When a piece of flint is struck against steel it can produce a spark.

Layers of flint are found in limestone and chalk country and it often takes the form of football sized nodules that make a very strong and somewhat unusual wall.

flintstone detail
A close up of the same wall as above.

flint stone walls at Canterbury Cathedral
Flint stonework seen inside the close at Canterbury Cathedral. UK

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