AWOTW is back this week! I had a word request from our very own E.L. Malvaney.
Sent along with this image was the following text:
“To get the ball rolling again with requests for word of the week, Susasippi’s Hazelhurst Post Office article peaked my interest in English bond brick work. Could you share with us a definition of English Bond?”
So I turned to my handy Audels Masons and Builders Guide #1 for an English Bond definition that likely dates from the first edition of this book printed in 1924.
English Bond: (ˈiŋ-glish ˈbänd) Usually called old English bond, the bond which is made by alternate courses of stretcher and headers, with a 2 inch piece or closer next to the corner header.
I thought the last part of the Audel definition included an interesting fact I had never thought about before, the “2 inch piece or closer next to the corner header.” This part of the definition holds true for Malvaney’s example.
Another example of English Bond is the poor old Stewart M. Jones School in Laurel. I have not heard any news about this building since the 2009 fire. Has anyone heard any news about this great place recently? If you can look past the worst repointing job ever, this building’s closers differ from the “2 inch piece or closer” that the definition specifies. Rather than being an individual 2 inch piece, the closer appears to be a stretcher cut down to the length of the header plus two inches.
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