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Brick : Imperial Bricks

Imperial size bricks made in the late 19th century were larger than modern bricks and therefore are still made for restoration purposes. An Imperial brick typically measures 225mm by 110mm by 65mm (or up to 70 or 80 in the north of England) compared with a Metric 215mm by 100mm by 65mm, whilst an early Georgian brick might measure 225mm by 95mm by 60mm or an Elizabethan 220mm by 105mm by 45mm. All these measures are approximate and might vary according to area, manufacturer or kiln firing due to shrinkage, which can vary across a kiln. Using a Metric brick to patch or extend an Imperial wall can result in a mismatch in the joint widths so should be always be avoided.

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Companies supplying goods or services for Brick : Imperial Bricks
H G Matthews
The Brick Works, Bellingdon, Chesham, Bucks HP5 2UR Email:
Tel 01494 758212 Fax 01494 758077
H.G. Matthews is a family run brickworks whose products include traditional hand made bricks, special bricks including coping and imperial sizes, glazed headers, salt glazed bricks, hand dyed bricks for weathering, brick arches and flint including field flint and knapped flint.
Head office, Nyewood Court, Brookers Road Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9RZ
Tel 01403 785141 Fax 01403 784663
Lambs are suppliers of gauged brick arches, rubbed brick, handmade brick, glazed headers, paviors, terracotta, faience and Wealden Sussex stone as well as stocking Portland, Bath, York and other indigenous British stone.
Sussex Handmade Brick Limited
Fourteen Acre Lane, Three Oaks, Hastings, Sussex TN35 4NB
Tel 01424 814344 Fax 01226 700350
The brickworks at Hastings have produced bricks since 1896. They produce handmade red stock bricks from local clay, which have been used in Conservation Areas such as Bedford Park. Specials are also produced, including Imperial Brick, gauged brick arches and saddleback copings. Download Brochure PDF
W H Collier Ltd
Church Lane, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1LN
Tel 01206 210301
W H Collier Ltd manufacture traditional handmade facing bricks and fireplace briquettes. Bricks have been produced on our site at Marks Tey since 1863. We use our own locally dug clay to produce a range of bricks, special shapes and fireplace briquettes.All of our handmade bricks are genuinely "thrown" by hand in the traditional way. Handmade bricks from W H Collier have been used both locally, in Essex, Suffolk and nationally. Bricks include yellow and stocks, including imperials.