Otherplaces – Nevrinheer, the Great Wall of (A to Z Challenge, N)

14 April, 2012

Normally, you would expect a wall, even one that runs for league, to follow the contours of the land and take advantage of streams and rivers in its defense.  The great wall of Nevrinheer does not, it runs in a vague arc, over hills and across streams, without adjusting to the terrain, it simply is, a long wall to keep out an enemy that long longer exists from a land that the builders of the wall no longer occupy.

the Great Wall of Nevrinheer

The wall goes on


The wall is surprisingly uniform, a seven foot (2m) deep  and ten foot (3m) wide trench, often overgrown, behind which is an eighteen foot (6m) turf wall, faced with stone and topped with a stone wall with crenelations.  The wall is fifteen feet (5m) thick at the base narrowing to ten feet (3m) at the top, which is laid with gravel and stone to make travel along it easier.  But there are no towers, forts or barracks attached to the wall.  It is just a wall, running the length of the land.  It is often used as a high road by those who live near to it.

The oddest thing about the wall is not its route, or lack of support structures, but that it does not seemed to have existed a century ago.  While the wall is obviously ancient, weathered and overgrown, it does not show up in any records, public or private, or piece of art before one hundred years ago.  Stranger yet, not one seems to have noticed, locals treat the wall as if it has always been there.  Towns divided by the wall have just built routes over, under or through it but act as if it was always there no matter how inconveniently it is placed.

Notes: Photo by subberculture and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.

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