I am very grateful to the large number of followers of who have taken the time and trouble to take photographs and collect information for me. The pictures and details have added enormously to our knowledge by demonstrating the vast variations in the style of galleting and pinning and the wide geographical distribution.

The library of photographs that I have taken and received from contributers has expanded to approximately 1100 - 1200 pictures, which is probably a record number for photo's of chips of stone!

Please keep sending your photographs; it is impossible to have too many. Do not hesitate to let me know if you would like to see your pictures on this page or in the gallery.

I am also very pleased to receive suggestions to improve or add to the current photographic record that appears on this site.

St Declan's Cathedral, Ardmore, County Waterford, Ireland

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This picture was taken by Zoe Larkin who is a professional photographer,

The original picture is much more artistic than this extract which aims to pick up on the smaller details.

This cathedral is believed to be the oldest, or one of the oldest, in Ireland. Built in the 12th century it was formally recognised as a cathedral in 1170.

What remains of the galleting, or pinning as it should probably be more correctly named in Ireland, is quite sporadic and varies considerably in size.

First Dunmurry Presbyterian Church, Northern Ireland.


I am indebted to Brian Shaw who has provided me with a selection of excellent photographs of buildings in Northern Ireland.

This church represents a good example of 18th century construction and demonstrates the contrast with the much earlier construction of the cathedral above.

It was built, in its present form, in 1779. Although repointed in recent times it is thought to maintain the original style.

Gatehouse-of-Fleet, Kirkcudbright, Galloway, Scotland.

Galleted ashlar   NHBG

Thank you to Professor Robin Forrest for this photograph of Scotish masonry. There are similarities in the style of pinning found in Scotland and that found in Ireland.

Collinsburgh. Craig Frew

Colinsburgh, Fife, Scotland.

The picture on the left taken by Craig Frew helps to illustrate the wide diversity of pinning to be found in Scotland when compared with the picture above.

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