The 2nd course (layer) of bricks.

Not so long back I went around the city of Hull, my home city, and took pictures of buildings still standing from a bygone era, and a couple more up to date buildings. You see Hull was the most heavily bombed city in Britain during WW2 outside of London, but because it was important as a port its name was never mentioned. So the likes of Coventry, Birmingham and others cities get a mention, and they did get severely damaged, but Hull is left out, even today.

So it was no surprised then that uncle Adolf destroyed many of the fine buildings built during some very prosperous times for Hull when traders and entrepreneurs were making their fortunes, but some survived. Only that the council knocked down a lot more for the re-development after the war so we are no left with very few. But those that are left have some magnificent brickwork in them, which the pictures below show.

Its of a building in the heart of Hull, thousands of people walk by it everyday and do not even blink, on a brickwork level I think its a masterpiece, and ironically, right opposite is a college that teaches brickwork, I don’t even know if they have looked at this building. There is nearly everything, different types of arches, bulls-eye, semi-circular, segmental, Gothic, Flat arch,  and even ones on the corner which is actually a bend along with a turret on the top of the building, the craftsmanship is awesome. There is even a bay near the top of the building.

The building, by the way, is The Old Customs House, Market Place, Lowgate, Hull, check it out on Google Maps. There are many grander buildings in Hull but I’m concentrating on the brickwork aspect of this building, some of the more grander types are stone and very grand indeed, but to me, this is a gem, well done the brickies, and architects, whoever you were. Click on a picture by the way for a larger view.

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