A weekly prompt with the word Sphere. A bit of a test from GC and Sue.
I was about to give up on this but just as we finished a long walk yesterday, up along the North Norfolk coastal path, I stopped and thought, well I wonder if this might do. A wall made of Flint with the occasional red brick.
It’s the flints that caught my eye. If you could see those ancient cobbled stones as a whole (not half hidden in the wall) lots would be spheres wouldn’t they?
Not knowing enough about architecture or building materials I have googled ‘Flint’ and ‘Norfolk’ for a bit of information. Wikipedia often helps…..
Flint, knapped or unknapped, has been used from antiquity (for example at the Late Roman fort of Burgh Castle in Norfolk) up to the present day as a material for building stone walls, using lime mortar, and often combined with other available stone or brick rubble. It was most common in parts of southern England, where no good building stone was available locally, and brick-making not widespread until the later Middle Ages. It is especially associated with East Anglia, but also used in chalky areas stretching through Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey and Kent to Somerset. Flint was used in the construction of many churches, houses, and other buildings, for example the large stronghold of Framlingham Castle. Many different decorative effects have been achieved by using different types of knapping or arrangement and combinations with stone (flushwork), especially in the 15th and early 16th centuries.<\em>
I will do my best to photograph a few more Flint buildings in future.