Monday, October 03, 2016

101 things to do with bricks: accessorise

"A red clay brick designed and sold by skateboarding brand Supreme is on sale on eBay for up to $1,000 (£772), after selling out in a single day. The item, part of the New York brand’s accessories line that has previously included a hammer, calculator and fire extinguisher, is branded with Supreme’s logo and has been highly anticipated by fashion gurus since its preview last month." From:

And how it could be used to build an actual building:

Unfortunately, I was unaware of this when it was affordable, otherwise it would be in my motley collection!

Update via Facebook's Brick of the Day - more details on the Supreme Brick:

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Medieval Tiles in the news - Westgate, Oxford

The 13th century tile pavement uncovered at Westgate Oxford 
© Oxford Archaeology
"The tiles were probably made near Newbury in West Berkshire and are of the 'Stabbed Wessex' type, whose main period of use was between AD 1280 – 1350."

Friday, July 15, 2016

Bricks help win an archaeological award ...

Bricks help to win the British Archaeological Award for the Best Community Engagement Project - well done to the people of Cleenish & Killesher!

There's also a website for the project, including how the bricks were used:

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Remains of 17th century buildings found in Hull's old town

Sadly, save for a few bricks that have been analysed and kept for posterity, the relics look destined for the scrap heap as work continues in earnest. Mr George said: "There was always the possibility of building remains being found. We have planned for this." Hull Dail Mail 13th July 2016
More on the story at:

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Journal: York Historian Volume 32

  • "There is no trace of it in the Minster glass now": An investigation into the east window of St. Martin's Coney Street and its eighteenth-century acquisition by York Minster. - Katie Harrison
  • York's Phoenix and Allbion Foundries. - Bill Fawcett
  • Clementhorpe Maltings, York. - Jayne Rimmer
  • A.W.N. Pugin and the East Window at St. George's Roman Catholic Church in York. - Ingrid Brown

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Journal: York Historian Volume 30

York Historian Volume 30 is fresh from the printers!  Bit of a shameless plug, as I have a paper in it, but here's the contents list:

Sylvia Hogarth - A Yorkshire 'bourse de marriage' (as per the cover above)
Sandra Garside-Neville - Trouble at t'mill: the varying fates of the windmills in the Evelyn Collection
Bill Fawcett - The 1948 Plan for York 
Jon Kenny - Investigating the Roman road from Eboracum towards Aldborough, near Hessay and Moor Monkton
Editor - Hugh Murray (1932-2013): A Bibliography
Rosemary Suthill  - Index to York Historian: Volumes 21-30

Copies of York Historian can be obtained from Publications Department, YAYAS, 26 Burtree Avenue, SKELTON, York YO30 1YT

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Thesis: An Analysis of Roman Ceramic Building Material from York and its Immediate Environs

Oh look what I found on the web, to my surprise:

An Analysis of Roman Ceramic Building Material from York and its Immediate Environs
McComish, Jane Mary (2012) An Analysis of Roman Ceramic Building Material from York and its Immediate Environs. MA by research thesis, University of York.

This study comprises the analysis of 8.11 tonnes of Roman tile from York and its immediate hinterland. The tile was recovered from 215 archaeological investigations undertaken by York Archaeological Trust, together with the tile from excavations at Heslington East undertaken by the Department of Archaeology of the University of York. The tile was analysed in terms of the chronological and spatial variations present, the results being examined in relation to three widely debated research themes, namely the nature and speed of Romanization, the role of the Roman army, and the economic relationship of the town to its hinterland. Given that the use of tile was introduced to Britain by the Romans, and that it formed a key element of classical architecture, the speed of its adoption has been used to show that the process of Romanization occurred slowly in the York area, with many of the buildings outside the fortress reflecting state-sponsored building-campaigns, rather than the spontaneous growth of a Romanized town. Tile, in conjunction with Ebor Ware pottery, was produced by the military, primarily to supply its own needs, and the study has shown that the army were by far both the largest producers and consumers of tile in York, with 99 percent of tile stamps being military. Although a civilian tile industry must have existed in York, as a small number of civilian tile stamps are present, this industry clearly failed to develop on any scale, suggesting that there was insufficient demand for tile to support such an industry. The study is accompanied by appendices cataloguing each form of tile, the fabrics and fabric groups present, and the surface markings seen, together with details of the stratigraphic sequences for twenty-one representative sites selected for detailed chronological analysis.

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