IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 618: Brick in the City

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:British Brick Society
Organiser:David H. Kennett, Independent Scholar, Shipston-on-Stour
Paper 618-aBricks for Towns: Aspects of Organisation and Supply in Late Medieval and Tudor England
(Language: English)
Terence Paul Smith, Museum of London Archaeology Services
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Secular, Technology
Paper 618-bUsing Brick in the City: Town Walls, Friaries and Undercrofts in Great Yarmouth
(Language: English)
David H. Kennett, Independent Scholar, Shipston-on-Stour
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Architecture - Secular, Economics - Urban, Technology
Paper 618-cThe Potential for Luminescence Dating of Medieval and Tudor Essex Brick Structures
(Language: English)
Thomas Gurling, Luminesence Laboratory, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Paper 618-dScientific Dating of Architectural Ceramics Applied to Medieval Building Archaeology: Application to the Church Notre-Dame-Sous-Terre, Mont-Saint-Michel
(Language: English)
Sophie Blain, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Architecture - Religious

In late medieval and Tudor England, brick was used in some towns but not in others. Patrons acquired bricks for building in different ways and brickyards were organised both as permanent businesses and as temporary ones. Building types where brick was used extensively are examined through a case study of Great Yarmouth, where town walls, undercrofts and friaries use brick but brick was not used for town houses (with one possible exception) until the 1590s. The oldest surviving brick college court in Cambridge is examined in detail. The final paper examines scientific evidence for the dating of urban brick churches in France. All three papers use both structural and documentary evidence to elucidate the uses of brick in the city.