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Hand Made Bricks

Brick Making, DVD Production

Drawing a KilnBackground

Bricks are part of the structure of modern society. Even in the age of the microchip there is still a place for the traditional hand made brick!

Working with wire cut bricks - which have just been pressed. This production was recorded at Oak Farm Brickworks in 1982, and was I.A.Recordings second industrial archaeology project.

It follows the process from raw clay through to the finished bricks. Showing the making of wire-cut and special hand moulded bricks.

View of the round, down draft kilns - once hand fired with coal Oak Farm was one of the few brickyards that still employed women hand moulders, one of whom, still working at the age of 68, had started as a girl loading railway wagons.


For more information, on Oak Farm Brickworks, see the Oak Farm Brickworks Site Feature

Mrs Elgerton, Hand Moulder


  • Written and narrated by former brick maker John Cooksey.
  • NGR: (139) SO 897 905
  • £10.00 - DVD
  • Running time: 12½ mins.
  • Price includes worldwide delivery.
  • ' PAL' and 'NTSC' versions available.

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