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Did you know?

Carrstone can be seen in many of the buildings in the far west of Norfolk in villages like Fincham.

A Line in Norfolk
Richard Long 2016

Find out more about A Line in Norfolk here.


Whilst these questions have been designed to be suitable entry points for Key Stages 1-4, we would encourage you to use the questions as broadly and fully as is appropriate to your group.

Key Stage 1
What shape is this? What colours can you see?
What is this?

Key Stage 2
How does the rough material contrast with its surroundings?
Why is stone in Norfolk rarely seen like this?

Key Stage 3
Can you change the length of the piece by moving your position – make it longer or shorter by changing your perspective?
Where is Carrstone mined and what was it for?

Key Stage 4
Sandringham House, the Queen’s Norfolk home, is also made from Carrstone. What is your house made from?
The lack of industrialisation in a mainly arable farmland explains the lack of Carrstone across our region. Discuss.

Richard Long’s works typically involve lines and circles, what might he be invoking by focusing on these forms?

Back in the classroom:
Experiment with perspective by moving the position from which you see things. How does this change your point of view and understanding?


Made from: Carrstone from Snettisham Quarry (9 miles from Houghton)

Carrstone is a sandstone, formed from grains of quartz, felspar and mica from the decay of igneous rocks. These are bound together by iron oxides which act like a cement and give a distinctive orangey brown colour. Less hard wearing than sandstones with silica as a binder, Carrstone has a coarse, gritty texture and is generally no longer quarried for building. The large boulders and smaller lumps of rough, unworked stone are placed in a line 84 metre long. The material in its natural state contrasts strongly with the precision of the line, the formal grounds and the dressed stone of the house.

A Line in Norfolk shows the material in its natural state contrasting with the precise line in which it is placed, and with the formal grounds and dressed stone of the house.

Did you know? Carrstone can be seen in many of the buildings in the far west of Norfolk in villages like Fincham.

The resources are below:


I think I’ve begun at the wrong end.
There are so many things I wanted to say
but there’s no time left to say them now.

I often wished I hadn’t known so much
and could have made more stupid mistakes.
I wished each time was a first time.

Yes, I’m sure, I’m at the wrong end
because I’ve learned about millstones, and conscience.
I want to go back to the beginning.


by Kevin Crossley-Holland


NOTE: Suppose this line is a lifeline… or suppose it’s a line you shouldn’t cross, or a signpost, or has some other kind of meaning…

Listen to an audio recording of At The Wrong End, read by Bethany Annable-Coulson.


A doctor-poet prescribed:
No ideas but in things.

Well, here’s a thing, all right,
but what’s the way in?

and what should I be thinking about?
Texture, colour, force? No idea!

Or are we talking about where I’ve
come from and where I’m travelling?

About time and distance,
measurement, my own lifeline?

All this, and a Roman writer cautioned us:
Wrap it up! Keep it snappy!


by Kevin Crossley-Holland


NOTE: Is it better to begin with a ‘thing’ than with an abstract? Can you relate this piece to Johnny Cash’s: I Walk the Line –
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you’re mine
I walk the line’

Listen to an audio recording of A Thing, All Right.