Bricks and bread were said to be Britain's most basic industries in 1973. During the 19th century, majority of the building work in London and South East England used London Stock Bricks.
I knew bits and bobs about the buildings in London, the most striking fact was that buildings standing today can be as old as several hundred years old. When I took a walk around the King's Cross area, I lost count of the number of buildings that utilized bricks. I wondered then, is there more to bricks than we know? Is there a story to tell about them or can they tell us one?
I started collecting loose bricks that I could find and asked builders and people familiar in the field (King's Cross Construction Skills Centre on York Way) what there was to find out about the different types of bricks. I decided to take up the role of an investigator whilst going about surveying the bricks and finding more about the history and origins, and naming my investigation as part of the London Brick Investigation Report, which was what I accidentally blurted out to someone incharge of a construction site when asked who I worked for.