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Residence History – Red Brick Homes

History of the Red Brick British Home

The classic red brick home can be seen all over Britain’s architecture from stately homes, old town houses, little cottages and even some modern new buildings. (pics)

Bricks were first introduced into Britain by the Romans, these were mud bricks, moulded by hand and dried in the sun for days. Later clay was introduced, and The Industrial Revolution saw a massive rise in production of clay bricks. These were fired in kilns and is where the distinctive warm red colouring came from. The mineral content in the clay used reacts to the kilns heat and thus determines what colour the brick will be- as the mineral content for red bricks contain more iron this results in the distinctive warm, red and brown colours. It’s popularity increased in London at around this time, as it made the buildings more visible in the heavy fog and to help prevent traffic accidents.

Our colour pallet for the Residence Collection has been refined to suit classic British architectural colours like this mind, from authentic timber looking like Silvered Oak or English Oak foils to more contemporary favourites like Painswick and Cotswold Green. You will never have to compromise the history of your home.

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Some images used in this article were sourced via social media from various installers.




At Residence Collection, we have a range of colours available and can offer everything from timeless classics like Grained White to modern favourites such as Eclectic Grey. Don’t forget, we also offer a dual finish that allows you to find windows and doors that look as good from the inside as they do outside.