The wonderful world of London stock, and its use in Rotherhithe
"So ubiquitous is the London stock brick in the Capital that it has tended to be despised as commonplace or, at best, ignored and taken for granted. Yet it was the principal building material of houses in the metropolis from 1700-1840, giving them much of their distinctive character." So starts Alan Cox's excellent article A Vital Component: Stock Bricks in Georgian London. I am so glad that Alan Cox provided that handy little sound-bite because I was really wondering how to introduce something that might sound uninspiring, but is in fact such an important and engrossing part of how London was built in the 18th and 19th Centuries. I had no idea, when I started doing the research for this post, that the story of London stock would be so compelling.