Herringbone 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.
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