The area described by ctesiphon as a
"warren of brick vaulted tunnels/chambers running the length of the site that are subdivided arbitrarily and that lack any daylight at all"
would be brilliant for hosting a cabinet of curiosities as mentioned in notjims post.
I'm very in favour if the idea. If located in the vaults it would not even impact on the commercial offerings above.
The extent of the vaults is visible in the plans in the
Although only a portion of the area is open and available at the moment it seems.
Anyway , back on pointing. I think Iâ€™ve answered my own question with a bit of research: It was bothering me because it really looks like someone went to a lot of trouble to get it looking the way it does. What I described earlier today as looking wrong
is indeed tuck-pointing and is absolutely correct from a conservation point of view, as it seems the building was originally finished in this way. The
â€œThe external peripheral walls are built of bonded brickwork with imported brown/yellow stock facings laid in Flemish bond. The original lime mortar pointing is badly weathered but vestiges of old mortar indicate that the brickwork was formerly tuck-pointed. â€œ
It seems that in most cases tuck pointing was used to disguise poor quality, chipped and irregular bricks. This difficult, but essentially deceptive practice was described by J Seddon in the
Civil Engineer and Architects Journal in 1863 as "the lowest depth of the abomination into which modern practice has fallen."
Iâ€™d love to show him how much further it was possible to fall with some of the horror pictures posted by Devin and others elsewhere on this site!
I donâ€™t think the bricks used in stack-a were too bad though, so I wonder was there an aesthetic reason in this case. â€¦?
I donâ€™t have any photos but there are pictures of similar here http://www.bricksandbrass.co.uk/deselem/extwall/point.htm
further history here: http://www.brickmaster.co.uk/tukcpointing.htm
So finally, it seems to me (after a little bit of educating myself), that the DDDA have done an excellent job on this aspect of the restoration too.