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Photographer's Note

The photo shows a workers’ house that belongs to the industrial heritage of “Cathrinesminde Teglværk”. This recently restored brickwork is very scenically situated on the banks of the Flensborg Fjord in South Jutland near the small town of Broager. It is a museum with all facilities like drying shed, machines, tile products and furnished workers' houses.
The brickwork originates from 1732 and it was only one of 70 (!) brickworks that had been established in this area around 1720. It was a very big brick- and tile industry.
Brick has been the major building material in Denmark - monks and craftsmen brought the knowledge of burning clay to the country in the late 11th century. Since the country is very poor of stone as natural found brick became very important as a substitute for wood. Clay is usually easy found in most parts of the country and brick works were built as close as possible to the building site due to difficult transportation by land.

Until the 1950s there were hundreds of brick works in Denmark but due to the industrialised building activity and thereby less demand for bricks, many of the works closed down. Some brick works have recently experienced a renaissance due to the demand of facing concrete buildings with bricks and tile. For restoration and special tasks it is still possible to produce bricks of various size and colour.
You can see that the shore is covered with pieces of red and yellow bricks; it was the easiest way to dispose faulty ones.

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