This unique collection of vernacular dry stone walls was created over the May Bank Holiday in 2000 by 150 members of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA) and their helpers.
The Millennium Wall is a unique and permanent open air exhibition of their craft and provides an excellent educational facility at the National Stone Centre. Each of the nineteen six-metre-long sections of wall were built by craftspeople from across Britain, each using at least 10 tonnes of stone from their own region and built in the style of their own locality.
The resulting feature forms the most extensive collection of different types of dry stone walls in the UK, showing the variation in geology found in mainland Britain and the skills of the craftswomen and men who build in stone without the use of mortar.
The Millennium Wall includes single boulder dyke, flag or 'tombstone' wall from the Lake District, stone-faced bank (clawdd) from Angelsey, Galloway dyke and a wide variety of doubled walls. The varying construction techniques and differing geology of the stone used gives a stunning visual effect.
Within the wall the following regions were represented with some regions displaying two stone types or two walls styles. Click on the links below for more information.
West Yorkshire, Cotswolds, South Yorkshire, South East Scotland
Derbyshire, South Wales, Caithness, West of Scotland
S.W. Scotland, Central Scotland, Isle of Sky, Cumbria
Northumbria, Cheshire, Lancashire, Sutherland
Cumbria (Slate), North Wales
Further information about dry stone walling and the Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA), which is a registered charity established in 1968 to further all aspects of the craft, can be seen at www.dswa.org.uk