Charlecote Paling

A robust design that has been traditional for hundreds of years on this National Trust site near Stratford on Avon where Shakespeare was allegedly caught poaching venison.

The fence’s design has not changed much in that time, just a few tweaks according to the woodman of the moment. The different height palings are said to confuse the deer which do not like the irregular gaps. It also makes a pleasing pattern to the eye.

The fence has been reproduced at Highgrove to surround the Prince of Wales’ chickens.

Posts are 6’ above ground and the bays are 10’ long. Paling heights are 6’, 5’, and 4’. All have bark and sapwood on. Nails are traditional roseheads.