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South transept of St Albans Abbey [photo cc Gary Houston wikipediaThe Bollocks brick [photo © PBarkerDave Sallery's Old Bricks [website screenshotHainault Road [screenshot Google mapsEveryman Theatre auditorium [photo Haworth Tompkins
Richard Parrott with son and father [photo CawardenOne of the brick terraces being demolished [photo Ulster TV still 

South transept of St Albans Abbey [photo cc Gary Houston wikipedia
EARLY BRITISH SALVAGE YARD RECLAIMED ROMAN BRICKS AND TILES
Shortly after the martyrdom by the Romans of Alban, the first recorded British martyr in the third or fourth century AD, a small timber chapel was built on the site in Verulamium - present day St Albans- where he was slain. In 793 Offa, king of Mercia, founded a monastery for Benedictines in honour of, by then, St Alban which became the wealthiest of that order in the kingdom.

At the close of the tenth century the abbots of St Albans, firstly Ealdred and his successor Ealmer, began to reclaim Roman bricks and stone from the ruins of Verulamium for materials to build a new abbey church which was commenced by Paul of Caen in 1077 when he was appointed abbot. Paul adopted the cruciform plan for St Albans which he built on a large scale reusing the materials from the church's own salvage yard.

The church was consecrated in 1115. Of the original Norman church the principal potions now remaining are the eastern bays of the nave, the tower and the transepts. See the photo of the south transept with the original semi-circular headed Roman brick window surrounds. It is thus one of the most important specimens of Norman architecture in England, with the special characteristic that, owing to the use of the flat broad Roman tile, the Norman portions are peculiarly bare and stern.

It is possible to find 2,000 year old Roman brick, tile and stone reclaimed and reused in the rough lime mortars of the walls and foundations of medieval buildings throughout the British Isles, testament to the quality of the original material and knowledge of the medieval builders who reused it.

St Alban is now the patron saint of converts, refugees and torture victims.

A modern day salvage yard exists at nearby London Colney home of Architectural Salvage Source, Salvo Code dealers and Salvo Fair stalwarts, who once again are planning to take a stand at the forthcoming Salvo 2017, June 23rd 25th. The set-up day for the event is June 22nd - St Alban's day.

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South transept of St Albans Abbey [photo cc Gary Houston wikipedia

Location : UK > Hertfordshire
Category : BRICKS
ID : 99254
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Date Created : 09 Mar 2017 18:36:34
Date Modified : 09 Mar 2017 19:44:43;

The Bollocks brick [photo © PBarker
NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS, HERE ARE THE REDUNDANCY PROTEST BRICKS
Last week's brick story roused Peter Barker of Antique Buildings in Surrey to kindly send a photo of a brick from his collection which is a piece of social history - a protest brick sending a message from workers to the management.

This buff or yellow wirecut three holer is believed to be one of a batch of 30,000 made by the last shift of brickmakers before compulsory redundancy in December 1999 at the Himley brickworks in Kingswinford near Stourbridge. The Socialist Worker newspaper gave the workers the Bolshy Workers of the Week Award.

SACKED STAFF at Ibstock Bricks have won Inside the System's Bolshy Workers of the Week award. The 17 staff, who were made redundant from the Kingswinford factory in the Midlands in December, took sweet revenge on their bosses. The workers' last act was to create a batch of 30,000 bricks with the word "bollocks" stamped on the side instead of the company's name. Factory bosses did not notice the word had been indented on the bricks until puzzled customers began to ring in. The consignment was worth £40,000. The bricks have now become prized items, reportedly changing hands for £5 each on the black market! [Socialist Worker 8 April 2000]

Mr Barker commented, 'Does this trump Durex? The marginally disgruntled workers subtly, and permanently, conveyed their feelings to the management by impressing the word in every one of the many thousands of bricks in the last batch they produced. They are now, allegedly, standing in secret testament facing inwards in a local school wall!'

Letters and words are not common on the face of bricks but there seem to be 19th century examples in Europe and USA. Protest messages are much rarer, but they do have a pedigree going back to the ancient walls of Babylon and Nineveh. Indeed the earliest historical evidence of writing is on these bricks and doubtless there some worker complaints, especially as the earliest recorded strike was in Egypt in 1155BC.

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The Bollocks brick [photo © PBarker

Location : UK > West Midlands
Category : BRICKS
ID : 97441
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Date Created : 29 Oct 2016 15:54:03
Date Modified : 29 Oct 2016 16:00:02;

Dave Sallery's Old Bricks [website screenshot
WALL-TO-WALL RECLAIMED BRICK ENCYCLOPEDIA BY MR. SALLERY
Apart from a compendium of brickmark photos of over 4,000 British bricks from around the UK, David Sallery's website highlights his interest in the industrial archeology of north Wales as well as in full size and model trains.

He writes, 'For many years I have been fascinated by the old bricks one sees which have the maker's name stamped on. This website is a gallery of some of those i've come across or been sent. These humble relics provide possibly the only link to often long forgotten local industries. There are now over 3,000 images on the website, which is actually only a small percentage of the differently named bricks produced. The website is frequently added to thanks to contributions from other collectors.'

I passed a skip in north Kent the other day with some (I guess) mid-20th century pressed bricks marked with a simple 'W'. Dave's website has two shown on his site, for Winchcombe and Waingroves, neither of which seem right. But many bricks travelled around Britain's as ballast in coasters, so anything is possible.

I will send my pics to him for the record.

See the link below to Old Bricks - history at your feet - A celebration of old named British bricks.
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Dave Sallery's Old Bricks [website screenshot Brickmark 'W' [photo cc Salvo

Location : UK > Clwyd
Category : BRICKS
ID : 97036
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Date Created : 29 Sep 2016 20:26:03
Date Modified : 29 Sep 2016 20:44:05;

ALL THINGS BRICK, INCLUDING RECLAIMED, ON THE BRICK DIRECTORY
Tim Bristow, a founder of York Handmade Brick Co, now lives near Bembridge where he has a shop called Clay Clay where he sells all things brick and terracotta including miniature bricks and miniature brick building kits.

Believed to be the only such kits manufactured in the UK, designs include a small Georgian house, a castle and a replica of the Albert Barracks - - a miniature fort built at Osborne House by Queen Victoria's children.

An article by Emily Pearce in his local paper quotes Mr. Bristow as saying, "Up to the early 1960s some of the most popular toys were building assembly kits, using little bricks, mortar and a bit of patience but the introduction of plastic bricks saw their popularity diminish. The Clay Clay kits are all made here in the shop and the reaction so far has been very positive," he added. I think parents are sick of their children playing on the computer instead of doing something creative and that's part of their appeal."

Bristow also runs the Brick Directory website with a myriad of links connected with everything you could possibly think of, including a section on reclaimed bricks to which he kindly invites any relevant business to submit a small logo and link which he uploads free of charge, or a banner ad for which he charges £15 per month.

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Location : UK > Hampshire
Category : BRICKS
ID : 95602
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Date Created : 07 Jul 2016 18:28:04
Date Modified : 07 Jul 2016 18:35:58;

Hainault Road [screenshot Google maps
POLICE SEEK HELP AFTER PENSIONER HIT BY RECLAIMED BRICK THIEVES
Police are seeking help after a pensioner living in Hainault Road, Leytonstone, was 'mown down in the middle of the street and left in a pool of blood' at 7am on 25 August trying to stop thieves from stealing 400 reclaimed bricks he was planning to use to repair his house.

He ran outside when he heard what was going on and shouted at the thieves to give him his bricks back, and threw a brick through the windscreen of the older white Ford Transit type van with two or three white men in it, wearing hi-vis tabards, one of whom was bald. The pensioner was taken to Whipps Cross hospital with an injured leg.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Waltham CID on 101.
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Hainault Road [screenshot Google maps

Location : UK > London East
Category : BRICKS
ID : 91744
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Date Created : 25 Sep 2015 18:51:05
Date Modified : 25 Sep 2015 18:59:08;

Everyman Theatre auditorium [photo Haworth Tompkins
RECLAIMED BRICKS WIN THE STIRLING PRIZE FOR ARCHITECTURE
The reuse of reclaimed bricks has been prominently recognised by the award of the Stirling Prize to the Everyman Theatre, beating some prestigious shortlisted contenders including the Shard by Renzo Piano, Zaha Hadid's Olympic Aquatic Centre and Europe's largest public library by Mecanoo.

Last year, the prize was awarded to someone who stuck a modern building inside a 12th century castle. This year theatre-specialist architects Haworth Tompkins curved the auditorium of the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool using 44,000 reclaimed bricks drawn from within three miles of the construction site. Blueprint also awarded Haworth Tompkins Best Public Project Award 2014.

According to reports, some of the bricks were sourced from the demolition of an existing building on site, or nearby, but not enough to complete the project.

Gary Dawber, of Warrington firm Reclaimed Bricks Ltd which organised the supply, said that the project needed extra bricks and these could not be any brick but had to be sourced from within three miles of the Everyman site. This was not for ecological reasons, but simply because the type of Liverpool brick needed could only be found around the Liverpool area.

Liverpool bricks are unique to Merseyside, just over three inches high, a kind of multi red. They are a heavy brick to work with. Reclaimed Bricks has its own standards of supply for reclaimed bricks and is a main supplier to Travis Perkins. Each brick has a minimum of one good face and one good end, and Reclaimed Brick Ltd recommend allowing for 10 per cent wastage. The company is fairly unique in offering free replacement bricks if the wastage is more than 10 per cent.

The issue of storage of the bricks reclaimed from site, and the additional bricks that would be needed for the project, was overcome by negotiating storage from the blockmaker which was supplying the project.

Reclaimed Bricks Ltd supplies Liverpool brick using its own generic description of Reclaimed Urban Handmades described as a traditional handmade brick with multi colours that range from orange red to deep purple and yellow.

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Everyman Theatre auditorium [photo Haworth Tompkins Reclaimed urban handmades [photo © Reclaimed Bricks Stacking the big Liverpool reclaimed handmades [photo © Reclaimed Bricks Ltd

Location : UK > Merseyside
Category : BRICKS
ID : 85788
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Date Created : 30 Oct 2014 17:30:39
Date Modified : 30 Oct 2014 17:34:13;

CRUSHED BRICK AND STONE TAX HIKE LOOKS LIKE BEING REVERSED
Moves by the UK Chancellor to make crushing bricks and reusable stone less appealing have been put on hold after a one-day demonstration by around fifty crushing companies' and skip hirers' trucks outside parliament. The change in rules would have meant crushed bricks would no longer be taxed at the 'inert' rate of £2.50 per tonne, but at the full rate of £64 per tonne.

The EU Waste Framework Directive no longer allows UK laws to treat crushed bricks as 'recycled' waste in landfill sites. This levelling of the playing field was specifically designed to encourage reuse.

Maxine Perella at Edie.net wrote that a letter from the Treasury, sent to campaigners last Friday (June 1), stated that revised guidance from Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) would result in waste transfer stations and landfill sites "reversing their fee increases" for certain materials. Within the new guidance - which the Government hotly denies is a U-turn - it states that residual materials processed at waste transfer stations such as fines from trommels and screens would be taxed at the lower rate if they can be shown to be genuinely inert. Those that can't will be subject to the standard levy.

There seems to be no sign of a counter-blockade of parliament by fifty reclaimed brick and stone sector trucks outside parliament to keep the tax hike.
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Location : UK > London South West
Category : BRICKS
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Date Created : 07 Jun 2012 14:19:02

OLYMPICS RECLAIMED BUILDING MATERIAL REUSE MISSED OPPORTUNITY
A report by BioRegional and others on 'Reuse and Recycling on the London 2012 Olympic Park' stated that more than the eventual final figure of 0.5% could have been reclaimed from the demolition of the 260 buildings and groundworks on the Olympics site. The overall target was that 90% of demolition material should be reuse or recycled, and this target was exceeded at 98.5% - all but 0.5% of which was recycled. No separate target was set for the reclamation of buildng materials.

One of the key lessons in the report is to set targets ahead of the project:
'Make distinct reclamation, reuse and recycling targets. State targets clearly in the tendering process. Base the reclamation targets on reclamation audits to identify what is achievable onsite. Consider specifying the reclamation of key items or materials. If unsure consult with specialist reclaimers before drafting tenders.' [p13]

BioRegional was a reuse consultant to the Olympics project, and was 'asked to assist in creating a target for site wide brick reclamation. Through consultation with the reclamation
industry a target of 60% of bricks site wide or 80% on specific buildings was recommended which would have resulted in the reclamation of over 800,000 bricks. Overall the reclamation of bricks was far below this figure.' [p25]

'BioRegional had estimated through site surveys that around 9,000 tonnes of materials (2.8% of the total materials) could have been reclaimed and reused. Fourteen per cent (14%) of potentially reusable materialwasactuallyreused,therestwasrecycled. The carbon saved through reuse can be estimated at around 1,300 tonnes. The carbon lost through recycling reusable materials can be estimated at around 7,900 tonnes.'

At Ecobuild last week a talk was given on the Olympics and sustainability:
'London 2012 organisers missed a significant reuse opportunity according to sustainability experts involved in the Olympic Park construction programme', wrote Edie last week. 'A lack of specific reuse targets meant that contractors were not incentivised to reclaim certain materials such as brick and steel from the demolition process, which could have been reused in site construction works. Speaking at Ecobuild earlier this week (March 20), Noah Bold, sustainability manager at CLM - one of the delivery partners for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) - said that 215 buildings needed to be demolished on the site including warehouses and gasworks before construction work could begin. While the demolition plan set a contractual target for 90% of material by weight to be reused or recycled, separate reclamation and reuse targets were not set for potentially valuable materials like Victorian bricks. "Old Victorian bricks carry a resale value of £1 each, but only cost around 10 pence to clean up. There is a big recovery value there," Bold told delegates. According to Jonathan Essex, sustainable construction manager at Bioregional - one of the advisors during the process - over a third of the 3.6 million bricks identified on the site could have been feasibly reclaimed, but in the end only 0.4 million were. "Because there was no separate reuse target set in the contract, there was no financial incentive for contractors to reclaim them," he said. Other barriers to maximising demolition recovery levels were time constraints, a lack of storage, and the fact that local reclamation and reuse merchants could not cope with the volumes coming off the site. Essex added that there was a pressure on contractors during the demolition phase to focus on recycling rather than reuse, and that the waste hierarchy could have better applied. On the day the Team GB kit is unveiled, the news will come as a blow to the ODA which is committed to tackling waste at all stages of the programme.'
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Location : UK > London East
Category : BRICKS
ID : 65525
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Date Created : 26 Mar 2012 14:51:38
Date Modified : 26 Mar 2012 14:51:42;

Richard Parrott with son and father [photo Cawarden
THREE GENERATIONS OF PARROTTS OPEN NEW ROAD AT CAWARDEN RECLAIM
The winning team . . . three generations of the Parrott family proudly cut the red tape at the official opening of the new driveway entrance to Cawarden Brick & Tile Co Ltd.

Fifty years ago the family was dairy farming with the farm barns and sheds clanking and lowing to the sounds of cattle being fed and milked. How times have changed. Today, under the leadership of Richard Parrott, the company can boast many success stories having just received the ultimate in accolades 'Brick Recycling Specialist of the Year 2011'. This prestigious business achievement award was presented by "London and Home Counties Today" and singles out Cawarden for national recognition in its specialist field. The award was presented to Cawarden for 'services and proven ability' which exceeds the needs of its clients, singling out a company which provides excellence across a range of disciplines and criteria.
 
Cawarden is the leading reclaim specialist, supplying a vast array of both reclaimed and period building materials, supplying architects, builders, craftspeople, interior designers and private clients.

The improvements to the entrance at Carwarden Springs Farm will assist the flow of traffic to the busy business based in Rugeley, Staffordshire, where traffic has increased fivefold in the last two years. Visitors are welcome to view the new showrooms and stock storage areas.

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Press release rcvd Sept 2011, edited 29nov11tk
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Richard Parrott with son and father [photo Cawarden

Location : UK > Staffordshire
Category : BRICKS
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Date Created : 29 Nov 2011 12:46:33
Date Modified : 29 Nov 2011 12:46:35;

SPELLER METCALFE AWARD PROJECT INCLUDED REUSE OF RECLAIMED BRICKS
Malvern building contractors, Speller Metcalfe, won the development team prize in the South Worcestershire Building Excellence Awards, for the redevelopment of a badly fire-damaged listed Victorian boarding house and adjacent boarding block while the school remained in use.

The building's features needed to be restored to their original condition and an important part of the project was the reuse of reclaimed bricks as well as stone and plasterwork restoration.

Reza Saneie, head of South Worcestershire Building Control Partnership, was reported to say: "Building standards and regulations have a big impact on the built environment, our homes, places of work, schools and hospitals. Not only will awards like this encourage future standards to be high but they will inject a feel good factor within the local construction industry."

This was the first year for the South Worcestershire Building Excellence Awards which included points for sustainability.
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Location : UK > Hereford & Worcs
Category : BRICKS
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Date Created : 30 Aug 2011 20:10:52
Date Modified : 30 Aug 2011 20:10:56;

One of the brick terraces being demolished [photo Ulster TV still
'BANDITS' RECLAIM BRICKS DURING GOVERNMENT DEMOLITION OF 500 HOUSES IN BELFAST
The demolition of terraces of Victorian houses by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE), part of the UK government, in the Village area of south Belfast led to scavengers trying to reclaim the bricks. The NIHE neither wanted the bricks, nor did they want them reclaimed.

Today, reclaimed Belfast bricks were being offered on Gumtree at £150 a pallet of 500 (30p each), and were also selling for €320 per 1000 (28p each) at Landmark Architectural Salvage in Newcastle, Co Dublin. The BBC wrote that 'a lucrative trade has grown up around reclaimed Belfast bricks which can retail for between 50p to £1 each.' Clearly there was demand for the bricks.

BBC News NI wrote:
'The NI Housing Executive has appealed to people to stop dismantling houses to steal bricks which are being sold on as salvage. The appeal came as it emerged that so-called brick bandits are stripping a Housing Executive demolition site in the Village area of south Belfast. The Housing Executive has warned people's lives are being put at risk. Gangs of people were sifting through piles of rubble to reclaim the bricks which were then sold on to dealers for around £100 a pallet. The Housing Executive said those involved have also targeted houses which are not yet due for demolition - regardless of whether adjacent homes are still being lived in. The houses were being left in a dangerous condition. The Housing Executive called for a stop to the "wanton vandalism".'

An Ulster dealer, who did not wish to be named, saw the video on Ulster TV (see link below) and said he thought it was the NIHE who were being the wanton vandals by not reclaiming the bricks.

On 9 June 2011, the BBC wrote that 'forty homes in Lower Rockview Street were knocked down on' on a single day which, if true, would mean that the NIHE seemed to be complicit in breaking the law as preparing for reuse, or reclaiming as it is more commonly known, is a legal requirement under the Waste Regulations 2011.

In this case the BBC reporter seems to have avoided joining the fact that the bricks were valuable with the fact that the NIHE was discouraging their reclamation, even though this is a legal obligation.

The minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland, was photographed at the controls of demolition machine. He said that 500 houses would be demolished, but made no comment about reclaiming and reusing any of the demolition material.
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One of the brick terraces being demolished [photo Ulster TV still

Location : UK > Belfast
Category : BRICKS
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Date Created : 26 Aug 2011 17:33:21
Date Modified : 26 Aug 2011 17:52:50;

LORD ROGERS COMES UNSTUCK OVER STUCCO
Richard Rogers, one of Britain's leading architects, has stopped work on his £12 million town house in London because he failed to get the correct permission for the removal of white stucco which covers the outside of the 150 year old property. He will have to apply for listed building consent retrospectively.
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Location : UK > London West
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Date Created : 07 Sep 2010 13:20:16
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