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Brick Collection

From the historic streets of Charleston to the bustling cities of London and Cincinnati, brick stands as a timeless symbol of strength and endurance

Background imageBrick Collection: Shakespeare Memorial Theatre

Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
Theatre of 1874-9, rebuilt 1929-32 after fire, except for library block and part of auditorium. Located in Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire. IoE 366450

Background imageBrick Collection: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA alley in the fall

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA alley in the fall

Background imageBrick Collection: Aerial view of University, Dayton, Ohio, USA

Aerial view of University, Dayton, Ohio, USA
Aerial view of the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, USA, with the sports field and spectators clearly visible on the right. Date: 1939

Background imageBrick Collection: USA, SC, Charleston, Historic District, House Gate

USA, SC, Charleston, Historic District, House Gate

Background imageBrick Collection: Heart of Midlothian, Royal Mile, Old Town, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland

Heart of Midlothian, Royal Mile, Old Town, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageBrick Collection: St Pauls Cathedral - Section through Wrens Dome

St Pauls Cathedral - Section through Wrens Dome
A section drawing through the dome of St Pauls Cathedral, the architectural masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren. The inner brick dome stands 218 ft from the floor of the cathedral

Background imageBrick Collection: Mount Pleasant Hotel, Kings Cross, London

Mount Pleasant Hotel, Kings Cross, London
The Mount Pleasant Hotel at the corner of Kings Cross Road and Calthorpe Street, Central London. The building was originally erected in 1894 as one of Londons six Rowton Houses - large

Background imageBrick Collection: Union Workhouse, Cootehill, County Cavan, Ireland

Union Workhouse, Cootehill, County Cavan, Ireland
Female lunatic inmates sit in an airing yard at the Cootehill Union Workhouse, County Cavan, Ireland

Background imageBrick Collection: Manchester Warehousemen Orphan Schools, Cheadle Hulme

Manchester Warehousemen Orphan Schools, Cheadle Hulme
The Manchester Warehousemen Orphan Schools, on Claremont Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire. The school was founded in 1855 by a group of Manchester businessmen to care for and educate orphans

Background imageBrick Collection: Illustration, Railway Ribaldry by W Heath Robinson

Illustration, Railway Ribaldry by W Heath Robinson -- The building of Saltash Bridge. Date: 1935

Background imageBrick Collection: Crockett Court, Galveston, Texas, USA

Crockett Court, Galveston, Texas, USA -- a new development of brick cottages overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, probably intended as short-stay holiday accommodation. 1937

Background imageBrick Collection: Whipps Cross Infirmary, Leytonstone, East London

Whipps Cross Infirmary, Leytonstone, East London -- front entrance. Date: circa 1910

Background imageBrick Collection: Statue of John Lennon close to the original Cavern Club, Matthew Street

Statue of John Lennon close to the original Cavern Club, Matthew Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageBrick Collection: On campus at the University of New Hampshire in Durham

On campus at the University of New Hampshire in Durham

Background imageBrick Collection: Mount Vesuvius seen from the ruins of Pompeii

Mount Vesuvius seen from the ruins of Pompeii, buried in the ash flow of the eruption of AD 79, Columbus basalt lava marble and brick, Pompeii, UNESCO World Heritage site, Campania, Italy, Europe

Background imageBrick Collection: Scala Cinema, Ilkeston

Scala Cinema, Ilkeston
One of the earliest purpose built cinemas in the country still in use. IoE 352257

Background imageBrick Collection: Woking Railway Station, SW London (Surrey)

Woking Railway Station, SW London (Surrey). Date: circa 1930s

Background imageBrick Collection: New University, Selly Oak, Birmingham, West Midlands

New University, Selly Oak, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageBrick Collection: Exterior view, Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Exterior view, Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. It is an indoor arena for sporting events such as ice hockey, basketball and boxing, as well as concerts, shows

Background imageBrick Collection: Street sign, Brick Lane, on brick wall, East London, London, London region, England, United Kingdom

Street sign, Brick Lane, on brick wall, East London, London, London region, England, United Kingdom

Background imageBrick Collection: Lithuania, Vilnius, Illuminated cityscape

Lithuania, Vilnius, Illuminated cityscape

Background imageBrick Collection: Two women at work in a Mexican kitchen. Painting by an unknown artist, c1850

Two women at work in a Mexican kitchen. Painting by an unknown artist, c1850
MEXICO: KITCHEN, c1850. Two women at work in a Mexican kitchen. Painting by an unknown artist, c1850

Background imageBrick Collection: Mint Street Workhouse, Southwark, south London

Mint Street Workhouse, Southwark, south London
View of the entrance (right of centre) to the St Saviours Union workhouse on Mint Street, Southwark, south London. Passers-by include a man carrying a small child

Background imageBrick Collection: Stobhill Hospital, Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland

Stobhill Hospital, Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland
Stobhill Hospital was erected in 1903-4 at Springburn, Glasgow, by the citys poor law authority. It provided around 2000 beds for the infirm and chronically sick poor, and for children

Background imageBrick Collection: Llanfair PG train station, the longest town name in the world, Wales, United Kingdom

Llanfair PG train station, the longest town name in the world, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageBrick Collection: Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italian Lakes, Lombardy, Italy, Europe

Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italian Lakes, Lombardy, Italy, Europe

Background imageBrick Collection: Odeon Cinema

Odeon Cinema
1936 by Harry Weedon In the Modern Movement style of the Odeon circuit. Located in Harrogate, West Yorkshire. IoE 382334

Background imageBrick Collection: Pottery Works, Stoke on Trent

Pottery Works, Stoke on Trent
Main range of pottery works, now visitor centre and factory shop. IoE 384378

Background imageBrick Collection: Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station
Distinctive London landmark designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. IoE 207028

Background imageBrick Collection: Horrockses, Crewdson & Co Ltd, Preston, Lancashire

Horrockses, Crewdson & Co Ltd, Preston, Lancashire, office and factory -- trade design. 1920

Background imageBrick Collection: Ochre yellow brick wall

Ochre yellow brick wall

Background imageBrick Collection: Historic Old Market House, Fayetteville North Carolina

Historic Old Market House, Fayetteville North Carolina
Historic Old Market House, Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA

Background imageBrick Collection: Stack of Bricks

Stack of Bricks
An old man stacking bricks in an industrial brick yard. Date: early 1930s

Background imageBrick Collection: House to house fighting in Stalingrad, USSR

House to house fighting in Stalingrad, USSR
House to house fighting during the bitter battle amongst the ruins of the battered city of Stalingrad (Volgograd), USSR

Background imageBrick Collection: Babylons lion. Lion decorated the Processional Wal (Ishtar

Babylons lion. Lion decorated the Processional Wal (Ishtar Gate). 575 BC. Pergamon Museum. Museum Island. Berlin. Germany

Background imageBrick Collection: Two young men sorting through a pile of scrap metal

Two young men sorting through a pile of scrap metal
Two young men, one in a top hat, the other in a bowler hat, sorting through a rather unpromising pile of scrap metal in a junk yard

Background imageBrick Collection: Bricklayer (Series)

Bricklayer (Series)
Le macon - BRICKLAYER - constructs a brick wall

Background imageBrick Collection: USA; Georgia; Savannah; Steps in the Historic District

USA; Georgia; Savannah; Steps in the Historic District

Background imageBrick Collection: Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece
This is a painterly photograph of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece

Background imageBrick Collection: The Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and the Mackinac Bridge at Mackinaw City, Michigan

The Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and the Mackinac Bridge at Mackinaw City, Michigan

Background imageBrick Collection: Leadenhall Market, City of London, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Leadenhall Market, City of London, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageBrick Collection: Gads Hill House

Gads Hill House
The fine red brick house at Gads Hill, near Rochester, Kent. It was here that Charles Dickens died on 9 June 1870, while writing his novel " Edwin Drood"

Background imageBrick Collection: Entrance, Christs Hospital School

Entrance, Christs Hospital School
Pupils stand outside the entrance to Christs Hospital School

Background imageBrick Collection: Lullingstone Castle Gatehouse

Lullingstone Castle Gatehouse
The marvellous Tudor brick gatehouse of Lullingstone Castle, in Eynsford, Kent. Built by Sir John Peche (who became Sheriff of Kent in 1495)

Background imageBrick Collection: Mexico, Guanajuato. Colorful street scene. Credit as: Don Paulson / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Mexico, Guanajuato. Colorful street scene. Credit as: Don Paulson / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Background imageBrick Collection: USA, Louisiana, New Orleans, French Quarter. Window of historic nineteenth century

USA, Louisiana, New Orleans, French Quarter. Window of historic nineteenth century building with wrought iron railing. Credit as: Nancy Noble Gardner/ Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Background imageBrick Collection: View from the Giunigi Tower, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, Europe

View from the Giunigi Tower, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, Europe

Background imageBrick Collection: Aqueduct built in the 1720s and 1730s to bring water from nearby springs to Santiago de Queretaro

Aqueduct built in the 1720s and 1730s to bring water from nearby springs to Santiago de Queretaro (Queretaro), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Queretaro, Queretaro State, Mexico, North America



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From the historic streets of Charleston to the bustling cities of London and Cincinnati, brick stands as a timeless symbol of strength and endurance. Its rich presence can be seen from above, like an aerial view capturing the grandeur of University in Dayton, Ohio. In the heart of Midlothian, Scotland's Royal Mile, brick buildings tell stories that span centuries. Marvel at St Pauls Cathedral in London, where Wrens Dome showcases the architectural mastery achieved with this humble material. The Mount Pleasant Hotel in Kings Cross welcomes visitors with its elegant brick facade, a testament to both style and substance. Across the Atlantic Ocean, Cincinnati Gardens proudly displays its exterior adorned with bricks that have witnessed countless moments of sportsmanship and entertainment. Meanwhile, Manchester Warehousemen Orphan Schools in Cheadle Hulme serve as a reminder of how bricks have shaped educational institutions throughout history. In Railway Ribaldry by W Heath Robinson's illustrations or Crockett Court in Galveston's Texas charm lies proof that even whimsical designs find their place within brick structures. Scala Cinema in Ilkeston invites moviegoers into its warm embrace while Whipps Cross Infirmary provides solace for those seeking healing amidst East London's urban landscape. But it is not just grand edifices that owe their existence to bricks; they are also found within everyday life. Step back into time as two women diligently work away in a Mexican kitchen captured by an unknown artist circa 1850 – showcasing how this versatile material has been woven into cultures across borders. Brick - an unassuming yet powerful force shaping our world one structure at a time.