Throwing Bricks

Throwing Bricks

Throwing Bricks

The Keble team visited Northcot Brick factory in Blockley, Gloucestershire with the steering group from Keble College and Peter Jones from Bam Construction.

Works manager Dale Moss gave a tour of the works from the clay quarry to the coal- and gas-fired kiln. Each member of the team had a go at throwing a brick, and then inscribed their initials. If the bricks pass the quality assurance test they will be built into the HB Allen Centre. 

The first pallet of bricks were dipped into the weathering bath as we watched, and the brick yard is beginning to be taken over by the unique Roman format brick, ready to be taken 30 miles down the road to the site. We are delighted to be working with local skilled labourers, and supporting a family-run business, while keeping our carbon footprint low with extremely local products.

Cutting the clay
Learning from the experts on how to throw a brick
Preparing the clay
Throwing the clay into a mould
Setting the clay further within the mould
Signing the brick
Weathering some previously made bricks
Inspecting the bricks in the yard
The Keble team and Northcot team
1 / 9 Cutting the clay

'I’ve seen the bricks!  Indeed, now I’ve made one of the bricks!  A great privilege and a great pleasure.  You are clearly very proud of what Northcot does, and clearly have every reason to be very proud.  A great product, a great team and a great story. We’re not just any Oxford college, we’re Oxford’s pre-eminent brick college.  We too have a great story, and I’m delighted that Northcot is now part of it.'

-Roger Boden, Bursar, Keble College

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