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Following MikeG's instructions to the letter :ROFLMAO:

or how to lay bricks with a cold

Where did you get that pick, that must be deliberate
 

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That's a very traditional style. You see it around here, often mixed with flint, and with broken tiles built in as well. Some people erroneously call it a clunch wall (clunch is a weird stone.....more on that if you're really bored). This is a bit "samey" to match that vernacular, but nonetheless, apart from the ghastly mortar, that will make an attractive wall.
 

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...(clunch is a weird stone.....more on that if you're really bored). ....
Chalk by another name! We've quite a bit of that round here - usually dressed rather than rough/random.
I hadn't realised that the term has been misused/expanded to describe not just the chalky stone material (whether dressed/shaped or not) to cover any wall made of inferior material - often in a rough/ragstone way, but not necessarily esp. "clunch-built" (which often as not, if Google is to be believed, has no clunch in it!).
 

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Yes, chalk, but it's dug up from the ground wet, and doesn't dry into something hard for quite a while. This means it can be rough shaped with a spade/ adze/ axe/ froe, then set aside to harden. Around here it is sometimes used to build a whole building, and sometimes just used as quoins for a flint walled place.
 

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Well, I for one would rather see a wall like this any day of the week rather than a flat expanse of stretcher bond.
 
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If they were odd sized/shaped bricks it might look better. But the fact that they're regular sized/shaped bricks makes it just look messy. I'd also guess that this would actually take more effort and more forethought ... so no .. I don't see the point.
 

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The fact it is so bad must make it intentional and they are keeping to quite a neat string line at the top it seems.
 

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The funniest thing is that I can see a couple of string lines, to keep things straight :-D
 
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