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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Another Brick in the Wall

The Old Mill, Harnham, Salisbury
This week Carmi’s Thematic Photographic challenge was to produce photographs of bricks and mortar. I’m interpreting this loosely as 'construction material' as the example above is in fact not brick, but chequered flint and ashlar. It’s just around the corner from my old house in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and this was the view I would see as I came to the end of the Town Path from the city centre. This part of the building is from the original Early Tudor, two storey paper mill, built in about 1500, and is the earliest such example surviving. Nowadays I’m pleased to say, it’s a pub, and restaurant and a very popular place for locals and visitors.

A bit nearer to my old home now for the above brickwork driveway, leading straight to the front door and garage.

We had a conservatory built on the back of the house, and being the careful people we are we made sure we took pictures of it under construction, so, here’s the brick, the mortar and the insulation material at close quarters. So, a range of Wiltshire building materials from old to very modern. Don’t forget to visit Carmi’s site to see what other participants have been come up with.


  1. I don't think you'll ever be stumped as to what to post with these themes. Well done, quality craftsmanship all round. I wonder how long the conservatory will last?

  2. nice bricks remind me of a song... :)

  3. How strange you should mention the old mill. I'm sure we used to use a pub called 'The Three Crowns' close by, many moons ago.

  4. Nice checkerboard look on the front of that first building. Great pictures!
    Ironically, the word verification was "brict"

  5. It's always great to see an old building being used and not let go to rack and ruin. The old mill/pub is one building we should not lose.
    I nearly put up a shot of the spare bricks from when my drive was laid - but they are not very inspiring.
    (And hey! You pinched my title!)

  6. What a beautiful old mill - just fits my idea if the lovely old buildings i will see when I (eventually) make it as far as the UK. And that's a great brick driveway!

  7. i Love The Pattern on The Old Mill.

  8. Amazing place!...the more the bricks added the more the glorious building unfolds!


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