Tom Hazzledine

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About Tom

Tom Hazzledine Dry Stone Walling

Wherever you see this sign look out for Tom. He is a Professional Member of the Dry Stone Walling Association and fully insured for Public Liability.

Drystone Walling Asociation

Latest Work

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More about walls

Plenty of information on dry stone walls as well as creatures and plants that colonise them.


Other services

TRAINING - for those wishing to start learning some of the fundamentals of drystone walling. I am keen to take on anyone interested to try their hand. With few training courses near by this is an opportunity to see if it is something you might like to do. GARDENING - Witney and the Surrounding area

Licenced carrier of hardcore and builders' rubble for recycling

Advice on sourcing of plants for newly created gardens.


Tom is busy rebuilding many walls that have suffered from the exceptionally dry weather followed by the cold and persistent rain. This destabilised the ground resulting in wall collapse. At the moment there is a delay in getting stone so if you have a big project please contact him so that he can place an order with the quarry as soon as possible.

See Latest Work for work completed in 2020 - 2023.

Many of the walls you see on these pages needed to be repaired while others are new. All require the same care and attention to detail. This includes the choice of stone, the appropriate capping and style of building. For some conservation areas these elements are proscribed - eg where other properties in the village have upright copes any new wall may be required to be the same.
Time is spent clearing the site with perhaps some hedge cutting or tree pruning, and then making good at the end of the job, lawn seed will be sown if necessary. All waste material is taken to reclamation/recycling sites for recycling. Green waste is separated from hardcore and goes to composters while stone and other materials are crushed so repairing your wall is a 'Green' thing to do.
Tom can arrange for name plates, carved or engraved stone property names and other accessories, such as gates, as requested. He is also in touch with sources of different stone for capping or paving.
If there is significant vegetation covering your wall it may be best to have it all removed in winter when it will be easier and less time-consuming and in any case should always be done after the end of the nesting season.

Why Tom uses as little cement as possible.

Traditionally dry stone walls should not have any mortar but over the years many have been rebuilt or repaired with cement. The life of this mortar can be as short as 5 years whereas a wall with no cement could last many decades, settling into position slowly.

The video (it is an mp4 so may not be supported on your browser and may need to be opened in a new tab, perhaps by right clicking) below shows Tom removing an old cemented wall showing how the mortar has crumbled away.
Exceptionally planners in some areas insist that a repair is done with cement to match other walls. There is an example on the Latest page of a lime-mortared wall in Wantage.


35 tons

Turning a pile of stone into a fine wall. This is 35 tons of stone used to build the walls in Aylesbury. This was all new stone for a new wall however, when a wall has fallen down or is otherwise damaged Tom will sort the stone so that as much of the old stone as possible will be reused. This is not only convenient but also means that it is ecologically sustainable and that the old stone will be mixed in with new to maintain the look of the rest of the wall. He will take away rubble, where appropriate, for recycling.

Completed traditional dry stone wall in Moreton-in-Marsh 2018.

A fine traditional dry stone wall in Moreton-in Marsh incorporating a curved section.

Some unusual ideas for your wall

You can incorporate name plates, A slate house nameplate in a dry stone wallold sinks Incorporating an old sink into a wallor reclaimed carved stone into your wall. You could also have an alcove for the milkman or for your post and other deliveries. Make your wall destinctive with a feature which will still be there perhaps a hundred years from now.

Tom has incorporated both a nameplate and a flat slab in a front wall for the sale of produce from the owner's garden. Slab for produce

You will notice that there are different treatments of the tops of the walls. While the traditional upright copes may be the ideal it is always important to maintain consistency and thus many repairs require that other styles are used. However, as cement is more resistant than the stone it is often seen hanging over a hole in the wall and needs urgent repair.

If you have a repair it is worth thinking about changing the top of the entire wall if this is feasible.

Small wall in Witney
A small wall in Witney - in keeping with the others in the street of this old market town where stone is frequently replaced with other materials.
Witney wall
Damaged wall with hanging cement capping
Repaired wall in Middleton Stoney
Before and after in Middleton Stoney and a completed repair in Ramsden
Boundary wall in Ramsden
High drystone wall in Great Rollright
Edging and gravelling of driveway
Wall showing imbedded house nameplate

With winter rain and wind many walls become unstable to say the least. It is worth checking them all and having them made safe before they become dangerous - this is particularly the case where your wall is on the roadside and you would probably be liable. Tom can advise you and will only recommend work where it is necessary.

Tom has undertaken a variety of projects. If you would like to see any of them 'in the flesh' please contact Tom and he will be happy to give you the address.

Dry Stone Walling around Witney and the Cotswolds

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