How to date bricks?

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How to date bricks?

Postby Rob_Bullen » Sun Nov 18, 2007 7:51 pm

I have purchased an old Horse Engine House (Octagonal barn) in Shropshire and have been trying to research the history and age of the building. OS maps don't show the building until 1925, however I am certain that the building is older.

Can anyone please advise on how to date a building based on the brick type? They are factory made red bricks with no markings. All the timbers are pine which I am told prevents any tree ring dating, hence the request for advice on dating bricks.


Any guidance appreciated

Thanks
Rob
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Postby Simon TL » Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:03 pm

Rob

***Very*** tricky. Unless there is something very unusual about them it is probably impossible to establish a source and therefore narrow the period. Earlier on, bricks tended to be made quite locally, but as transport systems developed they could have come from further away. With your proximity to a brick-making area it seems likely they come from not so far away but from which of numerous companies would be hard to ascertain.

One option would be estate records - if your farm was part of a larger estate, there may be records which would indicate the building work or changes in rent or other charges.
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How to date bricks?

Postby Rob_Bullen » Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:15 am

Simon

Many thanks for your response.

I would be grateful if you could take a look at the attached images and share any thoughts as to the date of the building, or possible avenues to explore. I have tried maps/tree ring dating (pine so not possible).

http://www.fileupyours.com/files/143857 ... %20026.jpg

http://www.fileupyours.com/files/143857 ... %20002.jpg

It has been suggested that the building could be as late as 1925, but the design and purpose seems very clearly to be a horse engine house, which would seem to dictate an earlier date

Thanks in advance for your help
Rob
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Shire Books

Postby Simon TL » Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:07 pm

Rob

Perhaps if you contact this chap via Shire Books...

http://www.shirebooks.co.uk/Rural/rural-bl.htm#trafar

And these people: http://www.hfbg.org.uk/ too.

Do let us know if this helps!
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