The Beauties of Brick – The Story of Brick Buildings in Britain


Day course

Philip Wilkinson

15 April 2021


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This course will appeal to those interested in Architecture, Heritage, History and British travel.

An introduction to the uses of brick and tile in Britain’s architecture. The course traces the beginnings of brickwork in the Roman period, its reintroduction, mostly in eastern England, in the Middle Ages, and how brick became high fashion in the Georgian and Victorian periods – when colourful decorative tiles also became popular. From cottages to factories and even palaces, the beauties of brick have transformed Britain.

All comers welcome.

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Philip Wilkinson is the author of many books on architecture and history. He wrote a series of books to accompany the BBC2 series Restoration and Restoration Village and is the author of The English Buildings Book (publisher English Heritage), Fifty Architecture Ideas You Really Need To Know (Quercus), Phantom Architecture (Simon & Schuster) and Irreplaceable (Historic England). He explores buildings ceaselessly, recording discoveries on his blog ( and gives talks on architectural subjects