The Tylers' and Bricklayers' History
by Penelope Hunting


Work on the history of the Company progresses apace. An attractive, illustrated, thoroughly researched publication will appear in good time for the 450th anniversary in 2018.

The content will include:

List of illustrations

Chapter 1: From the Romans to the Flemings
The origins of tile and brickmaking. The Company possesses a brick from the walls of Jericho 4000-5000 BC and a Roman tile 3rd century AD. Influence of Flemish on early brickmaking in England

Chapter 2: Tyles and Brikis
The medieval fraternities. Emergence of tylers in the City. Early kilns in the City. Wat Tyler

Chapter 3: The Fashion for Bricks
Brick buildings stimulated by royal and ecclesiastical patronage in 15th century. The earliest records of the fellowship of Tylers and Bricklayers, 1376, 1416, 1461,1468 etc

Chapter 4: 'One perpetual corporate society'
Elizabeth I's charter 1568 and the first Ordinances. The Company's Hall. Ben Jonson the bricklayer

Chapter 5: A City of bricks not sticks
King James's ideal of a brick City. Charles I's incorporation of a rival company. Bricklayers' Hall rebuilding. The King's potter is Master 1623-4

Chapter 6: The Restoration and Rebuilding the City of London
Numerous master bricklayers of the Company build St Paul's Cathedral after the Great Fire, also the Royal Exchange, Wren's churches, Bethlem Hospital. Especially prominent Peter Mills (Master twice), John Caine (Master twice), Robert Frith

Chapter 7: Men of Renown
Two Lord Mayors, one Sheriff in 18th century. Several Tylers and Bricklayers build Queen Anne's churches. Fortnum connection. Architects Henry Holland snr, James Burton, Gorham, Groves. Last days at Bricklayers' Hall. Company loses control of the craft

Chapter 8: The nineteenth-century Company
Victorian boom in brick-building; members associated with large building contractors. Families. Company's property portfolio. Almshouses. Architect members: Grellier, Godwin, Saunders (Kenwood), Laing (Custom House scandal), Scott (embezzler of funds). Technical education. Royal Commissioners' Report

Chapter 9: Reconnecting with the crafts
Members' contributions to Boer war. First and Second World Wars. Medals, building awards, apprenticeships. Royal Engineers. Property sales. Women. Quartercentenary and the millenium

Chapter 10: The Master's year
To be compiled from the Master's notes and Newsletters to give flavour of what happens in a year in the life of the Company

There will also be a
List of Masters