News and Programme


Here is our preliminary programme for the year.  Full newsletter with all details will follow later.

Saturday 7 April    Gateshead: Arts and Crafts and Stained Glass

Bensham Grove (poss), St Chad’s, Bensham & St Helen’s Low Fell with David Webster

 Saturday 5 May     Hamsterley Hall: house and landscape (with NGT)

C18 Gothick house recently restored by the Spry family

Saturday 2 June     Shotley Bridge

Guided by Shotley Bridge Village Trust

Saturday 7 July     Hunstanworth: church, village and landscape & NEVAG AGM

C19 estate village designed by S S Teulon. With NEVAG members Dave and Gilly Tulip

Saturday 1 September     South Shields or Chester-le-Street (to be confirmed)

Saturday 6 October     Bradley Hall, Ryton: house and landscape (with NGT)

Mid C18 country house.  Joint with NGT

Saturday 3 November     Members morning (venue to be agreed)

Friday 7 December    Christmas party (provisional, date & venue to be confirmed)

Bookings for the confirmed meetings (all bar Sep, Nov and Dec) can now be taken.    Please email Martin Roberts at to book a place.  Note two shared meetings (with NGT) so places will be allocated on ‘first come..’ basis, reserving 50% allocation to NGT.

Meetings will start, as usual at 10.00 or 10.30 depending on availability of refreshments.  There may be small charges as usual (as always to cover costs, never to make a profit).     

Please note that YOU MUST JOIN NEVAG before attending any event.

For some previous Newsletters, see Archive on the menu above.


The Bricks and Brickwork of Northumberland and Durham 1650-1850

Neil Weightman’s long-awaited book on the region’s bricks and brickwork has now been published and contains all his thoughts on the region’s historic brickwork. It will be the standard work on the subject for many decades to come. The book has a card back, is profusely illustrated with drawings and photos, and contains 106 A4 pages. It costs £12 to members (£13 non-members) including postage and packing.  (£10 only to members who buy copies at meetings.)

Brickwork cover


Preface and acknowledgements,   List of figures,   List of tables,   List of photographs Introduction,   Note on the factors influencing the size of a brick

PART ONE THE SURVEY :     Methodology. Results. Conclusions. The effect of the brick tax and other acts on the size of bricks. Brick bonding. The development of brick bonding:1650-1850.

PART TWO BRICKS AND BRICKWORK: 1650-1700 :    Characteristics of late-17C bricks. Early non-structural brickwork. Structural brickwork of the late-17C.


PART FOUR BRICKS AND BRICKWORK: 1700-1800 :   Characteristics of 18C bricks. Brickwork of the 18C. Brick colour.

PART FIVE BRICKS AND BRICKWORK: 1800-1850 :    Characteristics of early 19C bricks. The effects of the development of the mechanization of the brickmaking industry. Brickwork of the early 19C.

Glossary,            Index of Properties,           General Index

To order a copy, please send the form below with payment to Margaret Maddison, 189 Wingrove Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 9DA. Please make your cheque out to ‘North East Vernacular Architecture Group’. 

An order form is here: Brickwork Order Form



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