London stock brick


London stock brick

London stock brick is the most commonly used type of building brick in London. Its distinctive yellow colour and soft appearance comes from the yellow Kent clay from which the bricks are made.

Air pollution in London during the 19th century and early 20th century commonly caused the bricks to receive a sooty deposition over time, turning the bricks greyish or even black, but the removal of contaminants from the air following the passing of the Clean Air Act in 1956, has enabled older buildings to be cleaned and new buildings to retain their natural colour. The bricks are used both structurally or as decoration. Reclaimed London bricks are sought after for decorative and conservation use.

ee also

* Brick
* Face brick where no plastering is specified
* The London Brick Company

References

* The New London Property Guide, Carrie Seagrave (ISBN 1-84533-072-2)


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