The Brick Works, Bellingdon, Chesham, Buckinghamshire HP5 2UR
H G Matthews is a family run brickworks, producing traditional hand-made and machine-made bricks, in Buckinghamshire England. The business was founded in 1923 by Henry George Matthews and is still run by his decendants today.
Like most industries brickmaking has seen production concentrated in fewer and fewer but much larger factories. Smaller brickworks have closed by the hundred since the second world war. This has led to a sad decline in local character and distinctiveness of buildings, with rustic bricks being replaced by those that are mass produced.
H G Matthews has managed to thrive despite this trend as its consistant service and quality have meant that its bricks have always been in demand. The company has retained its traditional skills and techniques enabling its bricks to be used with confidence in high-end new builds and also in the conservation sector.
Click here for a short film about H G Matthews Wood fired bricks and click here to watch the bricks being made by hand.
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