No Roman ones?
From: Poetryetc: poetry and poetics [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
Behalf Of David Bircumshaw
Sent: 26 August 2008 11:57
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Subject: Re: composing on horseback
first brick building in Leicester: 1702 - the Unitarian Meeting House
on East Bond Street. First street with brick town houses: New Street,
somewhere in the 18th century, but there weren't many of them, you can
tell the Regency stuff (which is when the build began) from the
Victorian by the shapes of the bricks.
But all of it is only in the city centre area.
I sit corrected on the wattle-and-daub: that is what I colloquially
meant by mud huts.
2008/8/26 Robin Hamilton <[log in to unmask]>:
> I'd like a specific cite on this, dave.
> I'm a connoisseur, and while bricks don't become Ford-standard till the
> 18thC, you've got bricks as far back as the 1550s.
> Bricks simply made more *sense* than mud.
> Unless you're talking wattle-and-daub, and USAmerica still builds them
> way today, though they call them timberboard.
> (Not that any sensible UK building society would provide a mortgage on an
> average American house -- we had the GF of L, all the USAmericans had was
> the Great Chicago Earthquake of 1968.)
> Oops, sorry, this is off-topic.
> I mean, houses were falling down all over the shop when Crabbe was writing
> in the early 19thC, but at least, they were *brick houses.
> (Actually, three story bloody houses were falling down in *Rome in the
> AD -- there's an Edwin Morgan poem that turns on this.)
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> Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 11:34 AM
> Subject: Re: composing on horseback
>> Push time a little onwards, last year I walked out Cobbett's
>> description of Leicester in the early 1800's: mud huts, in the
>> villages, that are now the middle-class suburbs, were what most people
>> actually lived in, unless they were squires or vicars.
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