28 Mar '14, 2pm

Piggeries and Potteries

Piggeries and Potteries

They come in colours ranging from red, purple, brown and various shades of yellow and can be laid in soldier, sailor, stretcher, English, Flemish, header and rowlock bonds there must be a dozen ways to lay them. With their unrefined pock-marks and crinkled irregular contours, dappled grey by smog they form the landscape of Georgian London. Because they were handmade no two are the same. C heap to produce using London’s vast clay resources, these iconic bricks were produced by craftsmen who lived in poverty to provide wealthy private developers with the materials needed to expand London to an astonishing rate. Brick Lane, Spitalfields; Pottery Lane, Notting Dale; Kiln Place, Gospel Oak all bear testament to the manufacture of the ubiquitous London Brick. London clay is a compact anaerobic material ideal for brick making. Once dug the clay was mixed with water and cinders, b...

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