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Tattershall Castle 2/5

Brick castles are less common in England than stone or earth and timber constructions; when brick was chosen as a building material it was often for its aesthetic appeal or because it was fashionable. The trend for using bricks was introduced by Flemish weavers. There was plenty of stone available nearby, but Cromwell chose to use brick. About 700,000 bricks were used to build the castle, which has been described as "the finest piece of medieval brick-work in England".

 

Tattershall Castle 2/5

Brick castles are less common in England than stone or earth and timber constructions; when brick was chosen as a building material it was often for its aesthetic appeal or because it was fashionable. The trend for using bricks was introduced by Flemish weavers. There was plenty of stone available nearby, but Cromwell chose to use brick. About 700,000 bricks were used to build the castle, which has been described as "the finest piece of medieval brick-work in England".

 

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Sep 2016, 01:00
It is a fabulous structure, Brian.

It looks like a leanto extension once existed on this side, but has been taken away.
Brian Walbey: Most of the other parts and buildings have long ago disappeared so I guess the bit you mention was at one time linked to something else.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 20 Sep 2016, 03:32
Quelle beauté ! Il ne ressemble pas du tout à  ceux que nous avons ici.
Brian Walbey: It is unlike almost all the other castles we have here as well.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Sep 2016, 06:26
I can see why it was called that Brian, it has real aesthetic charm and those holes suggest previous modifications
Brian Walbey: I believe there is an awful lot of the castle that has disappeared over the centuries so no doubt those holes served a purpose.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Sep 2016, 07:09
Now that would have kept a few brickies busy for a few weeks. I can't recall seeing any brick castles before. I can understand the accolade regarding the brickwork.
Brian Walbey: If all the parts that have now fallen down or been dismantled were all brick then indeed it would have taken a lot of brickies, and wouldn't you just liked to have had the contract to supply the bricks.
I am quite taken with it.
Brian Walbey: Most unusual isn't it, mind you the company that supplied the bricks all those years ago must have done quite well out of it.
This proves how stone can be cold and brick rather warm Brian.
Brian Walbey: Indeed Chad, being this colour it gives the building a warm feeling.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 20 Sep 2016, 12:52
This looks more like an old army barracks, Brian
Brian Walbey: I guess it was when it was first built Lisl.
the reds of these bricks are quite bold and strong, Brian. a handsome structure.
Brian Walbey: It shows what good builders they were all those centuries ago.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Sep 2016, 14:13
A strange choice indeed but all the better for being slightly unusual.
Brian Walbey: It seems it might have been the fashion at the time.
Not as resistant to cannonballs but very handsome
Brian Walbey: yes it wouldn't take much to punch a hole in it unless the walls are very thick.
A very handsome structure!
Brian Walbey: It shows what good builders they were all those centuries ago.
I was an apprentice 'bricky' upon leaving school, this looks like good work, there is a type of brickwork called 'flemish bond', that must be where it originates, Brian.
Brian Walbey: To be standing after several centuries it must have been well built.
That's really something... I love when they build them tall like this!
Brian Walbey: I suspect it was a bit fashionable at the time.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 21 Sep 2016, 08:18
It certainly is a fine example of a brick building, Brian
Brian Walbey: I suspect it was a bit fashionable at the time.

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