Got a brick you want the world to know about?
I welcome photographic contributions of named, clearly legible, whole bricks which don't currently feature on this website. Size at least 500 x 230 pixels and ideally with some information about the history of the brick. Some contributions may also be added to my Old British Bricks set on Flickr.
Please ensure that all email attachments are less than 10 mb.
*Please do not send photos of
bricks which already appear on this website*
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 U K and elsewhere, some of which are from the same works but which are quite different. I am also very grateful to the many other collectors who have contributed to this site, particularly:
A.K.A. Demik, Brotherglyn, Derek Barker, John Biggs, Arthur Brickman, Martin Briscoe, Christine Brown, Michaela Brown, Ian Castledine, Andrew Connolly, Mark Cranston, Alan Davies, Colin Driver, Eric Flack, Martyn Fretwell, Nigel Furniss, Bob Gellatly, Graham Hague, Michael Hammett, Melanie Harriman, Darren Haywood, Joseph Hodgkiss, Michael Kilner, Steve Kind, David Kitching, Frank Lawson, Tim Lawton, Ray Martin, Alan Murray-Rust, Richard Paterson, Simon Patterson, John Pease, Darrell Prest, Phillip Rothery, Michael Raybould, Mike Shaw, George Simpson, Ian Sinclair, Mike Stokes, Lawrence Skuse, Alwyn Sparrow, Richard Symonds, Gareth Thomas and Vladimir Smirnov.
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 my 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 my 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.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COPYRIGHT
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.