Part of Historic Environment Scotland

Boundary walls



Masonry boundary walls were used in rural and urban settings to define how much space surrounds a property. Boundary walls may be built of ashlar masonry or rubble masonry, usually with lime mortar.

Common causes of problems suffered by poorly maintained boundary walls include damaging plant growth, cope stone failure, failed pointing and wall foot damage. Water ingress and decay will result if such issues aren't resolved.

Regular maintenance and repairs will help to keep your boundary wall structurally sound for many more years. Focus especially on:

  • getting rid of plant growth and nearby roots
  • repointing and replacing missing stones
  • repairing salt damage

Partial demolition of existing boundary walls to create driveways for garages or car parking spaces is now common. Before adjusting boundary walls you may need to apply for permissions for work.

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