Brick and tile making in Ledbury
Bricks and tiles have been used for building in Ledbury for centuries. Some very fine medieval tiles survive on the floor in St Katherine's Hospital chapel. Documents also tell us about the use of bricks in building the chimney in the Master's House during the time of Queen Elizabeth I. Bricks began to be used much more extensivley for building during the 18th and 19th centuries and a number of buildings of this period survive in the town. During the 19th and early 20th centuires there were a number of brickworks in Ledbury.
R.W. Brunskill, Brick Building in Britain, 1990 R.W. Brunskill and A. Clifton-Taylor, English Brickwork, 1977 Edwin Davey and Rebecca Roseff, Herefordshire Bricks and Brickmakers, 2007 P.J. Drury, ‘The production of brick and tile in medieval England’, in D.W. Crossley ed., Medieval Industry, 1981, 126-9 David Whitehead, ‘Brick and tile-making in the woodlands of the West Midlands in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries’, Vernacular Architecture, 12, 1981, 42-47
Content generated during research for two paperback books 'Ledbury: A Market Town and its Tudor Heritage' (ISBN 13 : 978-1-86077-598-7) and 'Ledbury: People and Parish before the Reformation' (ISBN 13 : 978-1-86077-614-4) for the England's Past for Everyone series