I stood in appreciation for a while.
In my working life, I have had to read many construction drawings – just reading, not making.
Since September when I admired the chimney from across the road, I have wondered as to the unfortunate draughtsman who had to represent the chimney in two dimensions from a number of different perspectives,
Maybe this was one of those instances where no design detail was provided, where the designer nodded and yielded to the skill and expertise of the mason/bricklayer.
I have never seen anything like it.
It so goes against what I had understood to be the rules of brickwork and chimneys. To prevent water ingress, surface area should be minimised to one exposed face of the brick. Surfaces where water can lodge should be avoided and not encouraged with shelf effect.
Maybe those rules explain why I have never seen the likes of this before.
I should have knocked on the door to ask as to whether there are leaks around the chimney – but I didn’t.
As good a reason as any for a return visit to Castletownsend.