Bricks and Brickwork in Reading: Patterns and Polychromy



Brick features prominently in the towns of the Thames Valley, because the local geology provides little good building stone. 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 revels in the delights of air bricks and crinkle-crankle walls, gets back to basics with bonding, tells the 100-year story of a successful Victorian brick maker and pays homage to Alfred Waterhouse. A walking tour gives the reader the opportunity to see the more notable examples of Reading’s brickwork for themselves.

Adam Sowan. Paperback, 200 x 200 mm, 64 pages, November 2020.


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