Monday, August 18, 2014

Caleb Hitch's Patent Bricks

St Albans Brickmakers
I am mainly interested in St Albans Brickmakers but I recently had a query about Caleb Hitch of Ware. In 1828 he was was granted a patent for large interlocking bricks with cavities. They were laid on edge and claimed to be more economical than standard bricks, but because of the complicated form of brick required to turn a corner many different patterns had to be produced. Consequently, they were not widely adopted and outside Ware Hitch bricks are very rare. Has anyone got a good picture of some of these bricks so I can see how they worked?


  1. There is a permanent display at Ware Museum.

    1. I have found a named example at Wimpole Hall, Cambridegshire


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