So I have this idea for a new regular feature here. My husband insists that is shoudl be called “WTF is that?” While I agree, that does seem the perfect name, I am struggling to commit to the ‘F’. I am an avid ‘F’ user but to have it as the title of a regular post seems a little unprofessional and pushing decorum slightly too far. But then I think, WTF? What do you think? Anyway, here is the new feature — maybe you can help me decide what the name should be.
Crinkle Crankle Wall. What is that? I love the names for things in gardening and garden design. My husband is forever accusing me of making things up — the latest Latin…kirenshoma palmata (he thinks I made that name up), now this morning…crinkle crankle walls….No, I am not making this up.
image by the vintage cottage
Other names for it are ‘serpentine walls’ or ‘ribbon walls’ which are perhaps somewhat more descriptive. But in many places (particularly in England) they are Crinkle Crankle Walls. They are also found in the Netherlands (having thought to originate there in the 16th century) where they are called slange muur—snaking wall.
image by *Notes
Crinkle Crankle walls have curving lines following a serpentine path rather than a straight line. This layout gives the construction added strength and does away with the need for buttressing.
image by bluesoccerelephant
It has been used in conjunction with growing fruit as it is thought that the curve of the wall traps and radiate the rays of the sun, which assist the fruit in growing.
This type of wall is more resistant to toppling than a straight wall; so much so that it can be made of a single thickness of un-reinforced brick and so, despite its longer length, can be more economical than a straight wall.