Flint Wall Types & Flinting Techniques

Ever since Roman times flint has been an important building material in the south east of England.

Flint work is one of the key features in the distinctive appearance of the villages & towns of Sussex.

In Saxon churches, medieval cathedrals, Norman castles, Tudor farmhouses & Edwardian garden walls this durable local stone has been used in a remarkable variety of ways. Craftsmen through the centuries have been creative in their use of flint to leave a rich heritage of different styles of flint work many of which require great skill & technique. Our gallery shows a selection of them.

Field Flint Coursed

Field flints laid in courses, most common in the villages of Sussex & the surrounding countryside.

Flint Squares

Exceptionally tight knapped flint squares on the fa├žade of St Michael's church Lewes.

Flint Roughly Squared

Roughly squared knapped flints laid coursed with bands of brick, unusual for Sussex flint work.

Flint Knapped Random

Field flints knapped to expose the black inner core laid randomly & notably tight.

Flint Knapped Coursed

Field flints knapped & laid in courses in Lewes, Sussex.

Cobbles Random

Tightly laid cobbles in a random formation, common in Seaford.

Cobbles Coursed

Cobbles laid in courses, typical of flint work on the Sussex coast.

Cobbles Knapped & Coursed

Cobbles knapped & laid in courses, set in brick.


Charming & colourful bungeroosh wall prevalent in Lewes.

Field Random

Field flints randomly laid, popular in Sussex Victorian architecture

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