I walked a segment of Hadrian’s Wall on a blustery afternoon in 2005, collar up against a wind with autumn written all over it, a misty, ethereal type of day tailor-made for wondering what it would have been like when Romans and barbarians were part of the landscape, so many centuries ago.

I photographed this dwelling from a vantage point on the wall, hunkered against a large stone for support. Fitting, since stones are omnipresent here. Sticking out of the ground au naturel or fashioned into fences and buildings, they’re an inescapable part of UK landscapes, from coastal sweeps to the high Lake country, across dales and fells and moors and lying ruined as once-proud castles and churches, and walls.


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