An introduction

Ron Martin

I am a retired quantity surveyor. I have lived in Brighton most of my life, and I have always been interested in building materials.

Throughout my professional career, of course, I was employed in measuring and describing buildings. My interest in building materials and Brighton have come together very well in this section.

Many people are interested in the architecture of buildings, but I think it is necessary to consider what they are made of. It is very often the materials that dictates the appearance of the building.

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  • I’ve run out of examples of mathematical tiles in Hampshire,IoW, Wiltshire and Berkshire to photographically record.
    My pages, Nigel Cook, Southampton, Hampshire
    Hopefully R Martin of this page is the R Martin with a Sussex chapter in the Ewell Symposium on Mathematical Tiles, I own a copy. His? (archivist annotation missing) typed list of Sussex examples is in the Weald & Downland museum library, but excluding Lewes (87) and Brighton (152 examples) listings. Doing a www search and collation and visit to Lewes I got close to 87 but visiting Brighton recently , I’ll be well short of 152, I’ve also recently “surveyed” Rye, Hastings and Steyning.
    Examples seen by me (ie definitely MT signatures seen , not rendered or painted over ) in Brighton 2 weeks ago.

    Boyce St
    Brighton Place
    Charles St
    Duke St
    East St
    Edward St
    George St
    Kings Rd
    Manchester St
    Market St
    New Rd
    Nile St (nothing seen as scaffolding and sheeting)
    North St
    Old Steine
    Pavillion Place
    Pool Valley
    Regency Square
    Ship St

    Roads I had references to examples, but I run out of time to search out
    Grand Parade
    Marine Square
    Portland Place
    Royal Crescent
    St George St
    Wentworth St
    I passed along Church Rd, Hove, are they or aren’t they MT?, the intrigue of MT hunting. Nos 55 to 89 Church Rd ie dozens of houses, palette range of colours I’ve seen as MT in Cowes, Lymington, Salisbury but the same clay mixing could be used for bricks I suppose. Some really bad patches of brick-work if brick, mortar-fudged over etc, but of all those tiles? not a single slipped one or a signature edge seen/photographed.

    By Nigel Cook (20/06/2021)

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