Bricks and Brickwork in Reading: Patterns and polychromy

Adam Sowan

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Two Rivers Press

Published: 21-11-2020

£15.99

Reading is famous for its varied, colourful and intricately patterned brickwork. Illustrated throughout with local photographs, Bricks and Brickwork in Reading gets back to basics with bonding, tells the story of a successful Victorian brick maker, pays homage to Alfred Waterhouse and revels in the delights of air bricks and crinkle-crankle walls.

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Description

The geology of the Thames Valley provides little good building stone, so the towns are made very largely of local brick. Reading is particularly rewarding for the brick-fancier, thanks to the variety of colours available and the inventive patterns that Victorian bricklayers loved to make. Illustrated throughout with photographs of surviving examples, Bricks and Brickwork in Reading gets back to basics with bonding, tells the 100-year story of a successful Victorian brick maker, pays homage to Alfred Waterhouse and revels in the delights of air bricks and crinkle-crankle walls. A walking tour gives the reader the opportunity to see the more notable examples of Reading’s brickwork for themselves.

Additional information

Dimensions 200 × 200 mm
Page Count 64