*new* Bricks with initials - where to locate them *new*
|Northern Ireland section|
|*new* Henry Holt Brick Collection *new*|
I welcome photographic contributions of named, clearly legible, whole bricks which don't currently feature on this website. Size at least 1024 x 768 pixels and ideally with some information about the history of the brick. Images can be emailed to David Kitching at: Old Bricks.
Many years ago, I found a house brick with a name on it - nothing unusual about that, you may think, then I found another and I was hooked. On this website can be seen some of the fruits(?) of my labours. My main interest is in the link that these bricks have to a bygone age and the vast variety of names which are displayed. Many works had only a short lifetime and little of that was ever recorded. When the works closed it was probably demolished immediately and the clay pit filled in, leaving little or no trace, apart - that is - from the name stamped on the brick, which could turn up years later hundreds of miles from its birthplace.
I hope that this website helps to stimulate more interest in this fascinating hobby. Quite a few of the bricks lack information - if you can add to the detail please let me know. On this website there are bricks from all over the UK and elsewhere, some of which are from the same works but which are quite different. I am also very grateful to the many other brick enthusiasts who have contributed to this site, particularly:
A.K.A. Demik, Claire Adams, Rickard Alderton, Robert Anderson, Mark Annand, Mark Baigent, Louise Baker, Eddie Ball, Neil Bannell, Derek Barker, Davie Barrass, Neal Barrass, Steve Bell, Alex Betteney, Alan Bevan, Carla van Beveren, Steve Biddulph, John Biggs, Richard Blacklaw-Jones, David Blain, Don Boldison, Lyn Bostock, John Bramall, Margaret Brett, the late Arthur Brickman, Martin Briscoe, Brotherglyn, Christine Brown, Michael Brown, Michaela Brown, Anthony Burke, Terry Callaghan, Nic Cannon, Liz Carr, Richard Carr, Nick Carter, Alex Cartwright, Theresa Casey, Ian Castledine, Roz Cawley, Mike Chapman, Roger Chapman, Sarah Chattenton, Ross Chisholm, Andrew Connolly, Richard Comish, Ben Coult, Mark Cranston, Julie Cropper, Lisa Cullingworth, Peter Daley, Alan Davies, Amy Davies, Dawn Davies, Gary Davies, Chris Deacon, Steve Dewhirst, Sandra Dillon, Paul Dobson, Colin Driver, Jonathan Earl, Jonny East, Lorna Ellans, Hamish Fenton, Russell Firth, Eric Flack, Andrew Florey, Simon Fogg, Martyn Fretwell, Nigel Furniss, Terri Gallagher, Dennis Gamble, David Gardner, Sandra Garside-Neville, Tim Geater, Bob Gellatly, Michael Gibson, Chris Graham, Tony Gray, Mike Green, Jonathan Greenwood, Lauren Griffin, Graham Hague, Iain Hambling, Michael Hammett, Melanie Harriman, John Harrison, Stephen Hartland, Darren Haywood, Doug Henderson, David Hernon, Frank Hilton, Jud Hirst, Joseph Hodgkiss, Malcolm Holt, Chris Homer, Frank Hunt, Zoe Elizabeth Hunter, Ian Hunter, Simon Hurst, Anne Jeffcoat, Phil Jenkins, Philip Jervis, Gary Johns, Benjamin Jones, Paul Jones, Alwyn Kemp, Michael Kilner, Steve Kind, David Kitching, Tom Kitching, Kjeld Ejdorf, Jan Latusek, Frank Lawson, Peter Lea, Stephan Long, Una Longson, Tim Lawton, Dave Liddle, Henry Lisowski, Richard Lycett, Nigel Mack, Katie Martin, Ray Martin, Richard Matthews, Dan McVey, Antony Meadows, Nigel Megson, Lynn Mills, Guy Morgan, Colin Morris, Colin Mouser, Stephen Mulloy, Brian Murless, Alan Murray-Rust, Henry Noon, Jeremy Nutter, David O'Byrne, Clare Oliffe, Bob Osborn, Ian Parnell, Richard Paterson, Simon Patterson, Beverley Pearson, John Pease, Ken Perkins, Steve Philpott, David Plumpton, Darrell Prest, Zach Rambaldini, Neil Ramsden, Michael Raybould, David Redd, Gryff Rees, Dave Revitt, Phillip Rothery, Liz Robinson, Jo Roesen, Ian Round, Duncan Russell, George Rutherford, Nick Savage, Karen Schindler, Zoe Schofield, Chris Shaw, Mike Shaw, Sylvia Siddans, Jacqui Simkins, George Simpson, Ian Sinclair, Greg Sirdifield, Lawrence Skuse, Vladimir Smirnov, Scott Smith, Marco Sonntag, Stephen Southwick, Alwyn Sparrow, David Spellane, Edith and Andrew Stewart, Mike Stokes, Jason Stott, Ian Suddaby, Barbara Sutcliffe, Ian Sutton, Julie Swindells, Richard Symonds, Steven Tait, Iain Taylor, Gareth Thomas, Elizabeth Thomson, Richard Thorpe, Chris Tilney, Gary Timlin, Richard Tuck, Andy Tunstall, Andy Unger, Patrick Vyvyan, David Ward, Danielle Watson, Richard Watson, Rachel Wheatley, Billy Wheeler, David Whipp, Keith Whitaker, Bill Whitehead, Nichola Whitehouse, David Wigham, Andrew Wood, Jeff Wynch.
The website is intended to be lightweight with an emphasis on variety. It's not an academic exercise intended to cover each and every works and design of brick. There is no database or master index. Primarily it is a celebration of names and should be treated as such.
British bricks were exported all over the world and there are entries on the site from Chilean Patagonia, the Adriatic, Sri Lanka and St Petersburg. The site also features some photos of named bricks made in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Russia, the U.S.A. and the French penal colonies in South America.
Many of the photos were taken in situ which accounts for the lack of clarity in some of the images. Because of David Sallery's location in North Wales there is a separate section for locally produced ones. The Buckley and Ruabon areas were by far the most important and these web pages reflect this.
I have so far only recorded a tiny percentage of those produced and have barely scratched the surface (pun intended!) of what might still be available. As the pace of change accelerates, these humble reminders of a forgotten past are disappearing at an ever increasing pace - so grab them while you can! One important plus point - old bricks are free, one important minus point - very few of the bricks you find will be name stamped. Happy hunting!
A glazed brick discovered during renovation work at Carnforth station.
The information (not photographs) held within this website may be reproduced without permission if the website is credited with providing this information. All of the photographs held on this website remain the property of the owners and must NOT be reproduced without prior permission.