The Bricks That Built Britain

The Bricks that Built Britain

The earliest records to show brick making and bricks being used in construction, belong to the ancient civilisations of the world. Mesopotamia, India, and China can show still standing evidence of brickwork from some 10,000 years ago.

In the chilly northern climes of Britain, it was the Roman Empire that introduced kiln fired bricks. The legionnaires who supervised the great roman road projects, used mobile kilns to ensure uniformity, and brick making crossed the country as quickly as the roads were built.

As with many things, when the Romans left Britain, the industry stopped. Buildings were constructed from stone, timber, flint, wattle and daub, and some measure of recycling the hardy roman bricks, but the humble brick didn’t return as Continue reading “The Bricks That Built Britain”