Smeed Dean – traditional London yellow stock bricks

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Smeed Dean - a proud heritage

The Smeed Dean name is synonymous with traditional London yellow stock bricks.  Used extensively throughout London and the South of England for almost two centuries, the appeal of Smeed Dean yellow stock bricks remains as popular as ever. Only available from Wienerberger – these unique yellow stock bricks are the original and still the best. With a proud heritage, used in Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and countless other prestigious buildings, Smeed Dean can rightly claim to be the aristocrat of bricks. Many brick makers have tried to reproduce the appearance, but with only limited success – since they feature a unique combination of local chalk, brick earth mixed with town ash and clinker collected from the fire grates of Victorian London. All of which gives them a singular character.

The history of Smeed Dean bricks

After acquiring a smallholding and brickworks in Sittingbourne Kent, George Smeed (1812-1881) collected town ash and clinker from the fire grates of Victorian London and mixed it with local chalk and brick earth to create the original London Stock bricks. The town ash is still used in the manufacture of Smeed Dean London Stock bricks; the only bricks available today to contain original ingredients from the 1800s.

A heritage with a bright future

Our Smeed Dean London stock bricks are still manufactured at the Smeed Dean site using locally sourced clay and mixed with the original town ash accumulated from 1800’s. They are produced today in a modern manufacturing plant, but with the benefits of long-established skills and knowledge.

Flexibility is our strength

The Smeed Dean range provides extensive flexibility to accommodate your designs and desires for the perfect yellow stock brick.   Our Smeed Dean bricks are available in different sizes (50mm, 65mm and 68mm Imperial format) and span a broad range of product types.  From the trademark black spotting on the London Yellow Stock to the mature aged effect of the Smeed Dean Weathered Yellow and our extensive offering of reclaimed style bricks.  We can even produce special blends to suit the needs of individual projects. Create your own blend by mixing existing colours from the range. Then choose from the different finishes available such as tumbling the bricks to create softer edges or adding a mortar wash to the face of the bricks to give a more reclaimed appearance. Any look or combination can be achieved to your specification whether it is a new build or refurbishment.

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