• Brickmaking and Brick Building in the Midlands (1437-1780)

Brickmaking and Brick Building in the Midlands (1437-1780)

Mike Kingman

  • Price: £14.95
  • Publisher: Brewin Books
  • ISBN: 9781858587585
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Brick building came to the Midlands in the 15th century when its adoption reflected its prestige amongst the aristocracy and episcopacy. This study explores its wider acceptance and diffusion and describes the pattern and volume of a locally distinctive material. By 1780 its practical advantages saw its use in churches, chapels, gardens, estate buildings and early industrial factories. As ‘hard’ brick it was a significant factor in the development of industrial kilns.

Based on documentary sources the text examines such factors as the technology of brickmaking, the price of bricks, building costs, the availability of other materials, the impact of fire and the social value attached to brick. It particularly emphasises the visual impact of brick on the landscape, for example in 1789 Lord Torrington recorded that ‘At Grantham they leave of the stone and build with flaming red brick of which Newark is built and looks like a new town.’

Format Paperback
Pages 330
Dimensions 240mm x 170mm
Illustrations 14 colour

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