D4 Design – Masonry Study

There is a plethora of materials on site, including ancient and more recent masonry. The masonry tells many stories: in places it is reused from the nearby Roman Wall, some of the masonry to the priory would have originally been coated in plaster and some of it is in-fill repair work. The newer masonry is on the adjacent Church of St. Botolph. The many layers of technique and history remind us of the passage of time that the site has witnessed.

There is a clear contrast between the brick sizes, the narrow red brick is typically Roman (likely reused from somewhere in town), there are rough flint stones and newer London stock brick. The range in colours is also interesting as it denotes material and period. Some brickwork had been defaced; I even spotted a brick with ‘JAKE’ carved into it – not me I promise!

Author: jtharp2020

Part 2 Diploma Architecture Student - RIBA Studio/Oxford Brookes. Based in Essex.

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