John tells me that Alex Dow has commented
1. This was almost certainly due to cost. At
any time, to extract worthwhile stone, split/cut it to a regular shape,
finish it and transport it to the building site, has been an extremely
There are many sources of clay for brick
making. With the advent of the railways, coal became readily
available as well. So bricks were a relatively cheap commodity.
2. One other location of such mixed
construction that I am directly aware of, is at Hawthornvale, in Leith
Brick was generally used in the hidden areas
and the areas not seen by the public, so I would suggest that a reasonable
survey of tenements would reveal a much greater use of brick (and rubble)
than we are generally conscious of.
Alex Dow, Fife, Scotland. Message passed on by
John Dickie, June 15, 2010