“Wavy Walls” Use Fewer Bricks than Straight Ones

June 25, 2020 at 7:55 pm

It actually takes fewer bricks to build a wavy wall than a straight one because you only need one layer

“Crinkle Crankle” garden walls have been popular in England since the 1700s, not just because they look awesome, but because they are stronger and last longer.

At first glance, it appears wavy walls use more bricks – the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, after all. But they’ve actually been designed to just the opposite, to conserve bricks.

Straight walls require multiple layers of bricks – two or three rows at least – to stay standing. The alternative convex and concave  curves of the wavy wall, however, allow the wall to stand strong with only one layer, saving bricks, money and time.

They are most popular in Suffolk County, home to at least 50 crinkle crankle walls.


And at least one exists in the United States at the University of Virginia thanks to Thomas Jefferson, who some mistakenly thought invented the design.

The unusual garden walls were typically used to grow fruit, with the south-facing portion of the curves warmed by the sun.