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The book of trades; or, Familiar descriptions of the most useful trades, manufactures, and arts practised in England: and the manner in which the workmen perform their various employments.
(undated, inscribed 1829)

The bricklayer.,   pp. 14-15


Page 15


                    15
        THE BRICKLAYER.
  TAP, antiquity of this business is recorded
in the Scriptures in the time of MosEs.-
And that bricks have been in use for many
centuries in our own country, need no fur-
ther proof than looking to many of our
places of antiquity, such as St. Alban's
Abbey, built by the Saxons; the Rye House,
in 'Hertfordshire, built in the reign of
AHENRY VI; and Lollard's Towerat Lam-
beth Palace, built in 1454; and many others.
The materials chiefly used by Bricklayers,
are Bricks and Mortar, the latter of which
is made from lime; tiles, slates, laths, nails,
&c. They also require at times very high
ladders, with which they ascend the tops of
houses. In laying of bricks, a plumb line
is used to get the building exactly upright:
a line is also used in getting the rows of bricks
even. It is computed that a Bricklayer, at-
tended by his labourer, will lay about one-
thousand bricks in a day. A journeyman
will earn about six or eight-and-twenty
shillings per week; and his labourer, about
eighteen shillings. In buildings, the brick-
layer is obliged to erect scaffoldings, con-
sisting of poles of various sizes, in the con-
struction of which, much care is necessary
to prevent accidents.


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