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Rubble Stonework
Stonework using hard, difficult to work stone, used straight from the quarry or only roughly cut to shape. Using plenty mortar.

random rubble stonework

The photos here would fall into the category of random rubble, more of that in the next page.

The word rubble when used in construction can have a few meanings, and in terms of masonry it also covers a fair range also. Add to this the many regional differences where we all know what a thing is but we use different names for it. So on this page I will start this small section on rubble work with a couple of photos that apply to the definition of using rock more or less straight from the quarry with little modification because it is hard work to do otherwise.

The photo above is of a building in my home town of Darwin and although I have never built walls with this stone I have come across this local stone doing excavation work and let me tell you it is "as hard as the hobs of hell".

flint stones used in a rubble wall

The stone here is flint and with an expert touch it can be knapped into shape (think stone age arrow heads) which is what the mason has done here to show the unique appearance of this very hard stone.

There will be a separate page on flint walls later.

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