Herringbone Brickwork
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image 1Herringbone brickwork was a popular decorative feature that was part of the Tudorbethan and Jacobethan style used in the 1920's and 1930's. Builders were imitating the look of Tudor and Jacobean houses which used a mixture of half timbering with herringbone brickwork.

Herringbone brickwork is where bricks are laid at an angle with each course alternating its direction. This is primarily seen as a decorative feature and not suitable for load bearing walls. Herringbone brickwork has been most popularly seen in fireplaces, porch entrances, floors and chimneys.





Creative Brickwork

Philip Webb: The Pioneer of Arts and Crafts Architecture

BDA Guide to Successful Brickwork


Links to Herringbone Articles

Creative Brickwork: IBStock

Drawing of Medieval Brickwork within Timber Frames

Three Storey Residential Art Deco Flats with Herringbone Brickwork

Ralph Hancock: Herringbone Brick Path

Brunelleschi- herringbone pattern: The Open University

Brick Paving Courses


Useful Research Websites

BBC Homes 1920's:

BBC Homes 1930's

Hidden House History

Francis Frith Photo Archive

The Geffrye Museum

English Architecture: Britain Express

Looking at Buildings: Pevsner Architectural Guides

Forum Debates

Channel 4 Homes Forum

How To Repair Brickwork- Youtube


The 1930s House Manual

The 1930s House Explained

The 1930s Home








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