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Bricks and Brickmaking (Shire Library) [Paperback]

Martin Hammond
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29 Mar 1990 Shire Library
Bricks were introduced to Britain by the Romans and reintroduced by Flemish craftsmen in the middle ages. Until the early nineteenth century they were made in numerous small brickyards supplying local needs, but eventually increasing demand led to the invention of improved brickmaking machines and kilns. This book gives an insight into the surprising variety of bricks, as well as a brief history of brickmaking, descriptions of hand and machine moulding, drying, the use of kilns and firing. Despite competition from newer materials, brick still holds its own as a facing material and traditional methods still survive in the smaller yards.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Shire Publications Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (29 Mar 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747800677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747800675
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 14.8 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A top-level introduction to brick making 4 Oct 2013
By A. Byrnes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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At 33 pages this is more of a booklet than a book, and is much more about brickmaking rather than the completed bricks.

It has plenty of black and white photographs showing brick manufacturing equipment, but they are not of the greatest quality and I didn't find them particularly helpful. Most of them were photographs of machines used to make the bricks and in most cases they poor quality means that it is difficult to work out what is going on.

Given the space limitations, there is not much opportunity for the author to look at the development of brickmaking, but the book does include some details of Roman brickmaking, and does compare pre-machine and later types of manufacturing process.

For anyone interested in specific brickworks or brick marks, there's nothing here that will help you. You will need another source of information for that.

The descriptions are clear and intelligible and it is a pleasant read. It's a nice enough book, particularly for the size and price, but don't expect to come away with any in-depth knowledge, particularly about the bricks themselves post-manufacture - this is a very top-level introduction focusing principally on brickmaking. I would have given it four stars if the photographs, which take up a lot of page space in the book, had been clearer.

The table of contents is as follows:
Classification of bricks
The geology of brick clays
Clay winning and preparation
Moulding
Drying
Firing
Calcium silicate bricks
Transport
The brick itself
Further reading
Places to visit.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bricks and Brickmaking 17 Oct 2013
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Was initially looking forward to receiving this book; however quickly became disappointed with the overall standard of the book - especially with regard to the photographs which were all of a substandard quality - many being too dark to even see the details stated in the attached script! Disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bricks and Brickmaking 8 Mar 2013
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This book is an excellent short , but comprehensive treatise on bricks and their manufacture . This should be useful for both students and qualified professionals dealing with the design and construction of buildings .

K. A. Whittington FICE , FGS .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little quirky ref book 5 Mar 2013
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Yet another great little book with
so much content. A good series in every case compact but full of detail.
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2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed 11 Mar 2010
By Thomas P. Mcauliffe - Published on Amazon.com
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I am disappointed with this book, not so much for its cost but because the content is fine if you live in Europe, and Great Britain,but is essentially worthless information if you live in North America.The cost of the booklet,roughly 30 pages,isn't bad but to have it shipped brings the cost to way more than its worth.The cover of the book is deceiving, yes, nice picture, but thats about all I can say for this booklet.
4.0 out of 5 stars Should just be Called Brick Making 6 July 2013
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
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I only gave it for stars sense I was expected it to have lists of brick makers in the UK, but the description of the brick making process is well explained. Plus, the it is well illustrated.
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