Simon Fowler Traditional Estate Work
Oak & Chestnut Cleft Fencing
Cleft fencing is the original method by which our ancestors fenced their land thousands of years ago. Still continued today by a few skilled craftsmen, cleft oak or chestnut fencing makes a durable, and very strong, attractive barrier.

The best materials for this are oak or chestnut; both of which have a high resilient strength, are suitable to cleave or split and have a high natural tannin content protecting the wood from rot. Chestnut with its very high tannin content and minimal sap wood provides the best durability as posts set into the ground. We now mostly use chestnut which we find more durable than oak, though we will still use oak when requested. A 20 to 25 year life span would be expected.

All materials are locally harvested and riven (split) by hand into posts, rails or upright broad pales.
Chestnut is available all year whereas oak is harvested and split to order.

Matching gates from riven chestnut or oak are available.
Cleft Fencing
Riven chestnut rails morticed into oak posts for the National Trust. Top rail at 4`, materials approx 42.51/metre inc. VAT.
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Riven chestnut rails morticed into oak posts for the National Trust. Top rail at 4`, materials approx 42.51/metre inc. VAT.
Cleft chestnut rails surrounding a car park are in keeping with the woodland setting.Top rail at 3`, materials approx 25.56/metre inc. VAT
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Cleft chestnut rails surrounding a car park are in keeping with the woodland setting.Top rail at 3`, materials approx 25.56/metre inc. VAT
Cleft chestnut paddock fence with four rails. Note the round corner posts.Top rail at 4`, materials approx 25.56/metre inc. VAT
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Cleft chestnut paddock fence with four rails. Note the round corner posts.Top rail at 4`, materials approx 25.56/metre inc. VAT
This riven chestnut fence delineates this orchard with style.Top rail at 4`, materials approx 20.15/metre inc. VAT
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This riven chestnut fence delineates this orchard with style.Top rail at 4`, materials approx 20.15/metre inc. VAT
The boundary of this property is lined with cleft chestnut estate fencing.Top rail at 4`, materials approx 20.15/metre inc. VAT
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The boundary of this property is lined with cleft chestnut estate fencing.Top rail at 4`, materials approx 20.15/metre inc. VAT
Cleft chestnut fencing can separate a garden from the countryside in a more gentle manner than a standard agricultural post and rail fence.Top rail at 4`, materials approx 20.15/metre inc. VAT
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Cleft chestnut fencing can separate a garden from the countryside in a more gentle manner than a standard agricultural post and rail fence.Top rail at 4`, materials approx 20.15/metre inc. VAT
Here, a simple two rail riven fence breaks up a large garden, incorporating a decorative arch.Top rail at 3`, materials approx 14.13/metre inc. VAT
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Here, a simple two rail riven fence breaks up a large garden, incorporating a decorative arch.Top rail at 3`, materials approx 14.13/metre inc. VAT
Traditional cleft fencing fits well in a rural setting of woods, field and hedgerows.Top rail at 4`, materials approx 14.74/metre inc. VAT
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Traditional cleft fencing fits well in a rural setting of woods, field and hedgerows.Top rail at 4`, materials approx 14.74/metre inc. VAT
Chestnut fencing surrounding a lake adds to the character of this rural scene.Top rail at 3`, materials approx 30.25/metre inc. VAT
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Chestnut fencing surrounding a lake adds to the character of this rural scene.Top rail at 3`, materials approx 30.25/metre inc. VAT
Each set of rails has a similar shape since they are riven from the same log.Top rail at 4`, materials approx 20.15/metre inc. VAT
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Each set of rails has a similar shape since they are riven from the same log.Top rail at 4`, materials approx 20.15/metre inc. VAT
Upright chestnut pales are nailed to the cleft rails in a medieval deer park style. Various configurations of rails and pales are possible.Top rail at 4`, materials approx 33.33/metre inc. VAT
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Upright chestnut pales are nailed to the cleft rails in a medieval deer park style. Various configurations of rails and pales are possible.Top rail at 4`, materials approx 33.33/metre inc. VAT
Half round chestnut pales nailed onto rails and supported by chestnut posts, make a less heavy type of fence around a fruit garden.Top rail at 4`, materials approx 42/metre inc. VAT
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Half round chestnut pales nailed onto rails and supported by chestnut posts, make a less heavy type of fence around a fruit garden.Top rail at 4`, materials approx 42/metre inc. VAT
An attractive cleft pale fence with matching gate keeps sheep from the garden.Top of pales at 3`, materials approx 27.22/metre inc. VAT
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An attractive cleft pale fence with matching gate keeps sheep from the garden.Top of pales at 3`, materials approx 27.22/metre inc. VAT
A traditional pale fence for the National Trust at Dunham Massey, Cheshire.Top rail at 4`, materials approx 34.65/metre inc. VAT
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A traditional pale fence for the National Trust at Dunham Massey, Cheshire.Top rail at 4`, materials approx 34.65/metre inc. VAT
Chestnut pales supplied to National Trust to line a bridge at Lyme Park.
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Chestnut pales supplied to National Trust to line a bridge at Lyme Park.
The riven pales give the bridge balustrade a rustic appearance. Fencing with cleft pale Cheshire is a traditional sight.
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The riven pales give the bridge balustrade a rustic appearance. Fencing with cleft pale Cheshire is a traditional sight.
Gate hurdles: made from chestnut, traditionally used to pen sheep.6` x 3`6
Gate hurdles: made from chestnut, traditionally used to pen sheep.6` x 3`6" at 120 each inc. VAT.
Gate hurdles are portable, yet strong fences used as temporary barriers. Much more attractive than modern plastic orange netting.
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Gate hurdles are portable, yet strong fences used as temporary barriers. Much more attractive than modern plastic orange netting.
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Prices inc. VAT

For materials in chestnut (for oak add 50%)

Rails - standard length of 9`6" at 11.00 giving 9` centres for the posts
Posts - for a 3` to 4` high fence, 11 each plus 3.50 per mortice hole (to accept a pair of rails).
- above this height add 1.50 per foot
Pales - 80p per foot at 3 to 5 inches wide.
Gate Hurdles - standard size 3 feet 6 inches by 6 feet 120.00


Delivery and instalment is available; an estimate of 30 to 35 a post plus delivery.
For pales an extra 16 per bay is charged.
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Oak and Chestnut Cleft Fencing
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