Cornish Hedging is an essential and ubiquitous part of the Cornish countryside. Forming property boundaries, field enclosures and roadside demarcation – sometimes bare, stark stonework, sometimes so thoroughly shrouded in turf and overgrowth that it’s hard to imagine a stone structure within – hedges define the landscape. A Cornish hedge is more correctly termed a faced bank than a wall though usually doing a similar job. Hedges have been built in much the same way in Cornwall from at least the Iron Age and probably much longer. Essentially the same method of construction – earth-set stones and in-filled with earth – was also employed in the construction of round houses and courtyard houses in prehistoric times and many examples of these are still to be seen in the Penwith moors.