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Brick article brought back fond memories

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Having been working in the prewar period which was the focus of David Kennett's article (Brick Bulletin, AJ 29.11.01) I can add some comments.

The Liverpool flats by Sir Lancelot Keay's assistant, John Hughes, were authoritative in design and robust in structure and these feature in the article, as does Herbert J Rowse's listed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon by Elizabeth Whitworth Scott.

The Liverpool flats, sadly enough, had brick access balcony barrier copings upon which the resident and visiting boys could run, involving occasional fatalities - a problem resolved by redesigning the copings.

When designing the Philharmonic Hall, Rowse was at the height of his Dudok brickwork worship. However, the bricks ordered as 11 inches by 2 inches - having narrowly missed being shipwrecked on the way from Holland - turned out to be seven by two, so the working drawings had to be done again.

After the war, in the same office, a lady called in hoping for a job, but Rowse could not offer her one.

The lady in question? Elizabeth Whitworth Scott!

Richard Brown, Poole

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