Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Cobblestone walls

In Little East Street.

In Brighton many cobblestone walls were traditionally tarred black, probably to waterproof the mortar to some extent and, with quoins picked out in white or cream. This highlights the historic construction technique and the overall effect is pleasing.

Mighell Street Farmhouse

Occasionally cobbles and quoins are left bare. Perhaps this occurs in more expensive properties where the work has been carried out to a higher standard and imperfections do not need to be concealed.

In either case the architectural heritage is preserved.

The modern expedient of painting over cobbles and quoins with one colour, perhaps for reasons of economy, only partially conceals history and  is not a good look

In Church Street.
In East Street.

1 comment:

  1. To be honest I've learned to be grateful that they are not demolishing yet another piece of heritage. I'm not going to nitpick about a bit of paint.


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