We finally made it to 7,000 brick photos on the site. Thanks to everyone who has contributed over the years to making the site a success. Thanks also to Ray Martin for the '7,000 brick' idea. I wonder how long it will take to reach 8,000?
*new* Bricks with initials - where to locate them *new*
|Northern Ireland section|
|*new* Henry Holt Brick Collection *new*|
|Oakwell Brickworks, Ilkeston|
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, Anthony Akhurst, Neville Akers, Richard Alderton, Robert Anderson, Angel Rose, Mark Annand, Ian Armstrong, Dave Askew, Mark Baigent, Louise Baker, Eddie Ball, Nick Balmer, Neil Bannell, Derek Barker, Davie Barrass, Neal Barrass, Andrew Batson, David Bell, Steve Bell, Alex Betteney, Alan Bevan, Carla van Beveren, Steve Biddulph, John Biggs, Richard Blacklaw-Jones, David Blain, Bob, Don Boldison, Lyn Bostock, John Bramall, Gavin Brett, Margaret Brett, the late Arthur Brickman, Martin Briscoe, Graham Brooks, Brotherglyn, Christine Brown, Michael Brown, Michaela Brown, Anthony Burke, Terry Callaghan, Rick Calou, Tony Calvin, Nic Cannon, Liz Carr, Richard Carr, Vicky Carr, Nick Carter, Alex Cartwright, Theresa Casey, Ian Castledine, Lizzie Catsup, Kev Cawley, Roz Cawley, Steve Chaplin, Mike Chapman, Roger Chapman, Sarah Chattenton, Ross Chisholm, David Clarke, Andrew Connolly, Anita Cook, Lee Cook, Susan Cook, Steve Cooke, Richard Comish, Ben Coult, Terry Coult, Emma Cozens, Mark Cranston, Julie Cropper, Lisa Cullingworth, Dave Cunningham, Lauren Curtis, Peter Daley, Stephen Davey, Alan Davies, Amy Davies, Dawn Davies, Gary Davies, Janet E Davis, Thomas Davison, Chris Deacon, Steve Dewhirst, Sandra Dillon, Paul Dobson, Cory Doctorow, Joanna Downing, Colin Driver, Warren Dunford, Jonathan Earl, Jonny East, Kjeld Ejdorf, Lorna Ellans, Ken Evans, Eve, Magdy Fahmy, Sarah Fawcett, Mirko Fehrman, Hamish Fenton, Russell Firth, John Fisher, Eric Flack, Alan Fleming, Andrew Florey, Simon Fogg, Martyn Fretwell, Jeanette Fry, Nigel Furniss, Merryn G, Terri Gallagher, Dennis Gamble, David Gardner, Sandra Garside-Neville, Tim Geater, Bob Gellatly, Malc Gibbons, Michael Gibson, Barry Gill, John Goodman, Paul Gower, Chris Graham, Andy Grant, Anthony E Gray, Tony Gray, Julie Green, Mike Green, Jonathan Greenwood, Lauren Griffin, Graham Hague, Iain Hambling, Michael Hammett, Peter Hanson, Melanie Harriman, John Harrison, Stephen Hartland, Michael Hawkins, Thomas Hayman, Darren Haywood, John Heeney, Doug Henderson, Chris Henley, David Hernon, Tim Heywood, Paul Higson, Elaine Hill, Frank Hilton, Jud Hirst, Joseph Hodgkiss, Sue Hogan, Malcolm Holt, Chris Homer, Frank Hunt, Zoe Elizabeth Hunter, Ian Hunter, Simon Hurst, Martin Jackson, Catherine James, Taj Jat, Anne Jeffcoat, Phil Jenkins, Philip Jervis, Jess Jessen-Klixbüll, Swaler Johnny, Gary Johns, Benjamin Jones, Paul Jones, Roger Jones, Samantha Jones, Greg Julian, Nick Kaye, Tony Keeble, Alwyn Kemp, Philip Kempsey, Michael Kilner, Steve Kind, David Kitching, Lindsey Kitching, Tom Kitching, Scochki Kolasinac, Jan Latusek, Frank Lawson, Peter Lea, Stephan Long, Tim Lawton, Dave Liddle, Henry Lisowski, Ian Littlewood, Susan Lomax, Richard Lycett, Nigel Mack, Katie Martin, Ray Martin, José Ignacio Aguilera Martinez, Richard Matthews, Edward McArdle, Eddie McLarnon, Ian McLennan, Dave McNicholas, Dan McVey, Antony Meadows, Nigel Megson, Lynn Mills, Guy Morgan, Colin Morris, Colin Mouser, Kevin Moyles, Malcolm Muir, Stephen Mulloy, Brian Murless, Alan Murray-Rust, Henry Noon, Jeremy Nutter, David O'Byrne, Clare Oliffe, Rachel Oliver, Bob Osborn, Ian Parnell, Stewart Parr, David Parry, Richard Paterson, Simon Patterson, Jeremy Peake, Beverley Pearson, David Pearson, John Pease, Ken Perkins, Anthony Perry, Steve Philpott, Steven Pinder, David Plumpton, Geoff Potter, Ben Powell, Darrell Prest, Peter Prest, Dai Prosser, Zach Rambaldini, Neil Ramsden, Michael Raybould, David Redd, Gryff Rees, Dave Revitt, Steve Reynolds, Rui Ribolhos, Mike Richards, Chris Richardson, Mitch Richardson, Emma Robinson, Liz Robinson, Jo Roesen, Phillip Rothery, Ian Round, Duncan Russell, George Rutherford, Saltburn Countryside Volunteers, Nick Savage, Karen Schindler, Zoe Schofield, Scottish Brickmarks, Chris Shaw, Mike Shaw, Sylvia Siddans, Jacqui Simkins, George Simpson, Ian Sinclair, Greg Sirdifield, Lawrence Skuse, Vladimir Smirnov, Sid Cat, Chris Smart, Max Smith, Rachel Anne Smith, Scott Smith, Steve Smith, Marco Sonntag, Maryann Soper, Stephen Southwick, Alwyn Sparrow, David Spellane, Heather Stevens, Edith and Andrew Stewart, Mike Stokes, Jason Stott, Ian Suddaby, Barbara Sutcliffe, Ian Sutton, Julie Swindells, Richard Symonds, Steven Tait, Iain Taylor, Laura Thew, Gareth Thomas, Elizabeth Thomson, Richard Thorpe, Chris Tilney, David Tilsley, Gary Timlin, Jordon Tinniswood, Brian Troth, Richard Tuck, Andy Tunstall, Andy Unger, Juan Valdivia, Quentin Vandemoortele, Patrick Vyvyan, Lois Wakeman, Jessica Walker, Darren Wall, David Ward, Danielle Watson, Richard Watson, Denis Welchman, Ian West, Rachel Wheatley, Billy Wheeler, David Whipp, Keith Whitaker, Terry Whitaker, Bill Whitehead, Norman Whitehorn, Nichola Whitehouse, David Wigham, Judith Wilkins, Gavin Williams, Ian Williams, Mark Wilson, Jacky Wisdom, Andrew Wood, Roger Woods, Jeff Wynch, Brian Yates.
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.