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Occupation Interests / Re: Bricklayer in London in 1800's
« on: Friday 16 October 20 06:11 BST (UK)  »
  Hi, I found your story fascinating, to have that many generations of bricklayers. I have multiple generations as well, I'm also a Brick and Stone Mason.

I've seen a few old videos of Bricklayer/Masons back when they did it all, footings, foundations, from plumbing the toilets and sinks to roughing in windows/doors. They even did roofing, putting the shingles on. When complete, if called for they'd parge/render the building. They were the original Jack of all Trades 8)

I managed to find a pretty old video that gives you an idea of what was expected of the Masons'
https://youtu.be/oEL3K45yWUw

          Here's a 354 year old short-story (Bricklayers' Parable) called "The 3 Bricklayers"

     After the great fire of 1666 that leveled London, the worlds most famous architect was commissioned to rebuild St Pauls Cathedral.

One day in 1671, Christopher Wren observed three bricklayers on a scaffold,
one crouched, one half-standing and one standing tall, working very hard and fast.

To the first bricklayer, Christopher Wren asked the question, What are you doing? to which the bricklayer replied, Im a bricklayer. Im working hard laying bricks to feed my family.

The second bricklayer, responded in a similar wat but slightly different, Im a builder. Im putting up a wall.

But the third brick layer, when asked the question, What are you doing? replied with pride in its voice, Im a cathedral builder. Im building a great cathedral to The Almighty.

Author of the Three Bricklayers: Unknown.




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