Heritage of machine made bricks
Our brick making machine made by Berry and Son of Westcliff on Sea in the 1920’s, is one of the last of its kind still operating and can produce up to 12,000 bricks per day. Due largely to the fact that the bricks are demoulded by hand means they have more character than mass produced machine made bricks. Machine made bricks have a smoother texture and have the same colour as hand made bricks but a lower cost.
Machine made brick production largely replaced hand made bricks after the second world war with only specials being made by hand until the revival of hand made stock bricks in the 1990’s.