Can you find Flossie in this picture? Not only did Floss find the double chimney of the 1751 Palmer-Marsh House interesting, she noticed a pattern that is shown in the way the bricks are laid in the chimney. Can you see the pattern? Maybe these words will help you find the pattern. When a brick is laid in such a way that you see the long side of it, it is called a stretcher. When the brick’s short side faces out, it is called a header. The whole row of bricks is called a course.
The pattern of bricklaying used in this double chimney is called English bond. Using our new terms above, that means there is one course of headers and the next course is of stretchers. The pattern keeps repeating, but is staggered so that the mortar (the cement that sticks the bricks together) in between the bricks shows up in different places. This helps make the look of the chimney more appealing to our eyes.
Now it is time to put on your detective’s hat: What is the name of the bricklaying pattern when you lay and repeat one stretcher then one header all on the same course? Send your answer to us on Twitter tagging us as @HistBathSiteNC using #bricksinbath, or on Facebook (again tagging us as @Historic Bath Site and using #bricksinbath) so we know that you’ve participated in Flossie’s little quiz this week.