Railway Structures

Bricks are the most versatile of building materials, and quite cheap. In the south of England there was often suitable clay close to hand. Sometimes bricks were made from material excavated from railway cuttings.
Warren Lane bridge, Oxshott Warren Lane bridge, Oxshott, photographed on 22nd September 2007.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Spa Road station, photographed on 14th October 2007.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Spa Road station
Shakespeare Tunnel ventilation shaft Shakespeare Tunnel ventilation shaft, photographed on 28th June 2008.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Bricks can be used to construct ornate and complex shapes. The frontage to the former Spa Road station, Bermondsey (above right) uses bricks of three different colours and incorporates many decorative features. A skilled bricklayer could produce complex shapes using standard bricks, but it was not difficult to produce "specials", that is bricks to non-standard shapes. One of the shafts of Shakespeare Tunnel (above left) shows how bricks can be used to produce a circular structure.

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