Horncastle Civic Society is offering a unique opportunity to find out about an important part of the town’s history - on a ‘brick walk.’
Local historian David Robinson will lead the walk this Friday evening, starting from the Market Place at 6.30pm.
The walk, which is free of charge, is part of the Lincolnshire Heritage Event programme.
A Civic Society spokesman said: “We are surrounded by bricks every day of our lives and almost certainly every building in the centre of Horncastle started as a shovel full of mud from two pits in the town.”
Before the age of machine manufacture and modern transport systems, the ubiquitous Horncastle bricks were handmade on the spot in brick pits that are now the lakes in Elmhurst Road and Bell’s Yard.
The opening of the canal and railway helped the process by bringing in coal but also brought in competing machine made bricks to face higher status buildings.
On his walk, David will point various styles of brick making and show how buildings can be dated by the size and shape of its bricks.