Definition of sunk fence in English:

sunk fence


  • A ditch with one side formed by a wall or with a fence running along the bottom.

    • ‘Beyond the sunk fence six Kerry cows followed each other across with wading step and stood under a lime tree.’
    • ‘By both opening up the views with the use of the sunk fence or ha-ha and landscaping the park on a large scale to create better views, Vanbrugh created the world's first landscape garden.’
    • ‘The sunk fence wall, on the east of the cemetery, for which the consecration had been deferred, is a great improvement.’
    • ‘Hedges, sunk fences and ha-ha are to be restored, together with various built features including ` Capability’ Brown's bridge and the Victorian bathing pool.’
    • ‘The fields in general are enclosed with dry stone dikes or sunk fences.’
    • ‘Thomas Hunter states in 1833, that ‘The park was formed by the late Mr Erskine of Cardross towards the beginning of this century, the ground having been before that time subdivided in small enclosures by deep sunk fences and high hedges, which, when taken away, made the present park, and set off the place and fine trees to advantage.’’
    • ‘A view from the belvedere atop the water tower reveals spacious parkland areas, Cedars of Lebanon, ha-ha's (sunk fence bounding park or garden), a traditional walled kitchen garden, rose and sunken gardens, a magnolia grove, orchards and an arboretum.’