Before the improvements began in Uckfield High Street: Looking southbound with the red-brick edging in view

New uses suggested for historic Uckfield High Street bricks

Historic double-height bricks which were removed from outside Carvills during Uckfield High Street improvement works may be re-used in the town centre.

The bricks have passed into the ownership of the town council and members have suggested various uses including:

  • Around planters maintained by Brighter Uckfield in place of the current timber, to ensure they remain more durable;
  • As a surround on the base of the red telephone kiosk once re-located;
  • For planters outside the railway station;
  • To re-cope the raised sloping beds in the Town Square (outside Hartfields).

It had been agreed that the bricks would be passed to the Bluebell Railway for re-use.

A report to members said: “Unfortunately, the double-height bricks required work and cleaning to be re-sued for another purpose and there was no specific project which the bricks could be put towards by the Bluebell Railway,” a report to members said.

The preserved railway, which runs between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead, had taken granite kerbs from the improvement works which were used for a heritage scheme.

As a result, the town council took possession of the bricks.

Councillors hope volunteers will help to bring the bricks up to a usable standard, to keep costs low, once a project has been identified.

Town clerk, Holly Goring, is to explore the options.

The bricks are believed to have been made at Ridgewood.

Read more about brickmaking in the town in this feature on the Millennium Green.

See also:

Good harvest at Bluebell Vineyard

Ridgewood Play area row

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