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Gauged Brickwork Arches (GBB3)

April 18, 2023 @ 09:00 - April 21, 2023 @ 16:00


About this course:

This four-day workshop is suitable for experienced bricklayers with an interest in finding out more about the traditional method of creating a gauged arch.  Topics include the geometry of an arch, drawing and creating an arch template, techniques for cutting bricks, and different mortar mixes.  There will be practical opportunities to practice and develop your own skill at drawing an arch, cutting the bricks, and building an arch.

Registration: 8.45am

Session 1: 9am – 12.30pm

Lunch: 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Session 2: 1.30pm – 4.00pm

About the tutor

Charles Reilly is a highly experienced craftsman with a passion for repairing heritage brick buildings. As the managing director of Georgian Brickwork, Charles leads a small team of specialist bricklayers in Kent using traditional methods and materials to repair and restore listed and period properties. Charles started developing the Georgian Brickwork training programme in 2016 to ensure that the knowledge and skills he has are passed on to the next generation of bricklayers.


Who is this course for?

This course is for experienced bricklayers who want to learn how to draw, cut and build a gauged arch.

If you are not a bricklayer but want to find out more about gauged arches please book a place on Gauged Arches GB3


How will I be taught?

The course is informal, and learning takes place through discussion, observation, locality tours, and practical opportunities to ‘have a go’. The focus will be on sharing knowledge and developing practical skills. Charles gives individual guided support during the practical sessions. Courses for bricklayers have a maximum of 2/3 students to ensure time for answering individual questions, discussing common problems and sharing tips.


What do I need to bring with me?

We provide

  • All tools and training materials
  • Tea & Coffee
  • H&S equipment such as safety goggles and gloves -but you may bring your own if you prefer.

You need to

  • Wear practical comfortable clothes
  • Wear protective footwear
  • Bring a notepad and pen -if you want to make notes
  • Lunch is available to buy from one of The Historic Dockyard eateries. Or you can bring your own lunch and there are outdoor spaces to eat such as the Commissioner’s Garden or the Tennis Court Lawn. For more information visit


Travel and Accommodation

The Georgian Brickwork Professional Development Programme is hosted by Heritage Brickwork Training Ltd located in Unit 6 – Craft Workshop The Historic Dockyard Chatham Kent ME4 4TE.  For information about travel options and parking please visit

There are lots of places to stay nearby, including

Travelodge Chatham Maritime, Western Ave, Chatham ME4 4NT

Premier Inn Chatham Blake Ave Gillingham ME7 1GB


April 18, 2023 @ 09:00
April 21, 2023 @ 16:00
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Unit 6 Craft Workshops, The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Unit 6 Heritage Brickwork Training Ltd Craft Workshops
Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE United Kingdom
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Georgian Brickwork in partnership with Heritage Brickwork Training Ltd


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