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Bricks made the traditional way

Regional Variations

In the UK, there are lots of regional variations of brick influenced by the local clay colour and architectural trends down the ages.

We have worked with our partner factories to produce a range of bricks to match the traditional colours and textures. Some of the best known traditional regional variations are:

London Stock

A yellow toned brick used extensively during the capital’s building boom in the late 18th and 19th centuries. Colours vary from a dark gold to pastel yellow, with black flecks from the ash in the clay.

Soft Red

These vivid bricks were used in royal buildings and Georgian townhouses in Southern England throughout the 17th century. They were known as ‘Red Rubbers’ because their soft texture made them ideal for carving.

Farmhouse Orange

Ranging from a soft, light shade to a strong mid orange, these bricks have been popular throughout middle England since the 17th century.

Cambridge Buff

Gault clay gives these neat, square bricks distinctive shades of white, buff and pink that can be seen in many fine buildings in Eastern and Southern England where they were used for high quality facing work.

Orange Wirecuts

A true brick of the Shire counties, ‘wirecuts’ refers to extrusion through a die that helps create characteristic orange hues with buff flashing. Widely used in all types of development from the 19th century to the present day.