G Denny Builders: Waltham Windmill – Grimsby

Waltham Windmill is located in a medium size village near Grimsby North East Lincolnshire. The windmill was erected in 1878-1880 by a local man names John Saunderson of Louth. sac kanken The windmill was built using light coloured local bricks and tarred, it has 6 double patent sails and a traditional Lincolnshire ogee (onion shaped cap) but no balcony. goedkoop nikes sm mill The mill presents 2 pairs of french millstones which is used for grinding flour and 2 pairs of derbyshire peak stones used for grinding more coarse materials such as animal feed. Cheap Nike Air Max Trainers UK During the first world war, one of the sails was lost leading to the opposite one removed to balance it (this was done due to the unavailability of timber). New Balance Pas Chers The mill was worked by wind until 1962, then operated for a short while using an electric engine during this time it was producing animal feed. nike air max pas cher Today the windmill is funded by the Waltham Windmill Preservation Society and the Waltham Windmill Trust. chaussures adidas Within the grounds of the windmill there is a miniature railway and a museum of the history and rural life of Grimsby, it also presents a old sweet shop an Indian restaurant and a cafe.

GDenny Builders Grimsby – Inspirational Buildings

The Shard in London I an amazing looking building which gets it name from looking like a ‘Shard of Glass’.

The Shard

At the moment it is the tallest skyscraper in London and currently the tallest building in the European Union and the second-tallest free standing structure in the UK.

It has 87 storeys; 72 of which are habitable and is situated in Southwark forming part of the London Bridge Quarter development. The Shard’s construction started in March 2009 and was inaugurated on 5 July 2012 and then practically opened in November 2012. The tower’s privately operated observation deck ‘View from the Shard’ opened to the public in February 2013.

The Shard inauguration ceremony light show

It stands 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high and was designed by an Italian architect Renzo Piano. The Shard was developed by Sellar Property on behalf of LBQ Ltd and is jointly owned by Sellar Property and the State of Qatar.

View of the Shard

Sourced at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shard

G Denny Builders – Great Builders: Grimsby Dock Tower

Grimsby Dock Tower was built and finally completed on 27 March 1852 for the purpose of providing hydraulic power to power machinery such as cranes, lock gates and sluices at Grimsby Docks.



The tower was designed by a man called James William Wild who based got his inspiration from the impressive Torre del Mangia which towers above the Palazzo Pubblico (palace) in Siena, Tuscany.

The tower was opened by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in October 1854.

The tower is 309 feet high and 28 feet wide at the bottom; its walls are 4 feet thick. Around one million bricks made from clay taken from excavations  in the nearby marsh was used in the construction of the tower.


It is a maritime landmark that is instantly recognisable by all the people of Grimsby & Cleethorpes and surrounding area; a particularly good view of the tower can be seen as you leave the A46 Caistor Road approaching  Laceby Road. It even appears in Legoland in Windsor as a miniature version.



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Builders Grimsby Inspiration – Globe Theatre

This weeks builders inspiration comes from the Globe Theatre, Fjallraven Kanken Big Shakes… nike air max 1 Hollar_Long_View_detail The Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare. It was built in 1599 by Shakespeare’s playing company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, on land owned by Thomas Brend and inherited by his son, ray ban pas cher Nicholas Brend and grandson Sir Matthew Brend, and was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613.[4] A second Globe Theatre was built on the same site by June 1614 and closed in 1642.[5] 300px-Southwark_reconstructed_globe A modern reconstruction of the theatre, Nike Air Max 1 Pas Cher named “Shakespeare’s Globe“, nike air max pas cher opened in 1997, with a production of Henry V. Fjällräven Kånken Ryggsäckar It is an academic approximation of the original design,

GDenny Builders Grimsby – Great Builders: Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is a large country house in Oxfordshire, home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill. nike tn It was built between 1705 and 1722 in the rare and short lived English baroque style and is today one of the largest houses in the country. nike air max 1 pas cher Inside the scale of grandeur continues with an 180ft library and 67ft high hall. Lunettes de soleil Ray Ban The interior is lavishly decorated with guided tours available through the state rooms. Asics Pas Cher Site Officiel The ‘Untold Story’ tells Blenheim’s story through animated figures, video and projection technology while there is also an exhibition dedicated to Winston Churchill. Visitors can enjoy the hedge maze, adventure playground, the plant centre, the butterfly house and, of course, the beautiful grounds designed by Capability Brown. There is also a cafeteria. nike air max 2016 kopen The palace hosts many events during the year including concerts, festivals, a Triathlon, Game/Country fair, Jousting and International Horse-Trials.

GDenny Builders Grimsby – Great Builders: Somerset House

Somerset House is a beautiful 18th century Neoclassical building in London which hosts open-air concerts and films, Nike Air Max Norge Nettbutikk Sko art and design exhibitions, air max 2017 goedkoop family workshops and free guided tours. nike air max During the summer the courtyard is filled with fountains. New Balance Pas Cher During the winter you can skate a temporary ice rink.

GDenny Builders Grimsby – Great Builders: Althorp House & Park

Althorp has been the stately home of the Spencer family for nearly 500 years and is the resting place of Diana, Sac Kanken Pas Cher Princess of Wales. Asics Pas Cher Built in 1508, mochilas kanken Althorp has been home to the Spencer family for nearly 500 years. There are 19 rooms in the house open to the public displaying a fine collection of furniture, pictures and ceramics. Cheap Nike Air Max UK Althorp was home to Princess Diana before she joined the Royal family and following her death in 1997 the family created an extensive museum exhibition as a memorial to reflect on her life and work. nike air max pas cher pour homme There are six rooms in the displaying a range of Lady Diana’s personal artefacts including the famous bridal gown, childhood letters, school reports, Chaussure Adidas Pas Cher dresses and details of her charity work.

G Denny Builders: Bond…… not James Bond – Brick Bond

  Most people probably never stop to look at old architecture and think ‘what type of bond is that’ the exception being a builder who will be instantly be in raptures about the brickwork and type of bond used – a far cry now from the common stretcher bond used today in most modern buildings. Here’s an example of some impressive brickwork – Decorative Tudor Brick Chimneys at Hampton Court. Hampton_stacks Brief History on Bricks Bricks have been used right back through history as far as the Bronze Age. The fired-brick faces of the Ziggurat of ancient Dur-Kurigalzu in Iraq date from around 1400 BC, and the brick buildings of ancient Mohenio-daro in Pakistan were built around 2600 BC. Much older examples of brickwork made with dried (but not fired) bricks may be found in such ancient locations as Jericho in the West Bank, Catal Huyuk in Anatolia, and Mehrgarh in Pakistan. These structures have survived from the Stone Age to the present day. Two basic categories of bricks are fired and non-fired bricks. Fired bricks are one of the longest-lasting and strongest building materials, sometimes referred to as artificial stone, and have been used since circa 5000 BC. nike air max femme pas cher Air-dried bricks, also known as mud bricks, have a history older than fired bricks, and have an additional ingredient of a mechanical binder such as straw. ancient brickwork This is a Twelfth century temple brickwork in Ayutthaya, Thailand. Brick Bonds A brick is given a classification based on how it is laid, and how the exposed face is oriented relative to the face of the finished wall.

A brick laid with its long narrow side exposed.
A brick laid flat with its width at the face of the wall, or parallel to the face of the wall.
A brick laid vertically with the long narrow side of the brick exposed.
A brick laid vertically with the broad face of the brick exposed.
A brick laid on the long narrow side with the short end of the brick exposed.
A brick laid on the long narrow side with the broad face of the brick exposed. Also known as a Rowlock Stretcher

Brick Bonds The bond of the brickwork in which the bricks are placed in a pattern of headers and stretchers gives the wall strength and stability. Three types of bond, the patterns in which the bricks are laid, are shown below: English, Flemish and Stretcher bonds Stretcher bond is only suitable for a single skin; in a modern house the inner skin is typically made from blocks, fixed to the outer brick skin by metal ties. English bond was not popular in the Victorian period. oakley femme pas cher So the common bond is Flemish, with the alternate header-stretcher pattern.   Unknown-2   Example of stretcher bond. nike pas cher Bricks are ‘glued’ together with mortar; until the 1920s, this was usually just a mix of sharp sand and lime. This is porous, flexible and matches the typically soft bricks it was used with. Fjallraven Kanken Big Cement has gradually taken the place of lime; it is much harder and largely impervious to water. Fjallraven Kanken Big It suits modern bricks which are much harder.

Special Patterns

Bricks were often laid in various special patterns, as well in the standard bonds.

Great Builders Grimsby – Inspiration from Casa Mila


Anyone visiting Barcelona should go and see Casa Mila, one of Gaudi’s master pieces. You havent seen anything like this, it feels like your inside of a Dali painting.

Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera, is a modernist building in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was the last civil work designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, built between the years 1906 and 1910.


It was commissioned in 1906 by businessman Pere Milà i Camps and his wife Roser Segimon i Artells. At the time, it was controversial because of the undulating stone facade and twisting wrought iron balconies and windows designed by Josep Maria Jujol.


Architecturally it is considered structurally innovative, with a self-suppoting stone front and columns, and floors free of load bearing walls. Also innovative is the underground garage.


In 1984 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Currently, it is the headquarters of the Fundació-Catalunya La Pedrera, which manages the exhibitions, activities and public visits at Casa Mila.


Source: Wikipedia.

Great Builders – Flatiron Building

celebrating great builders and the buildings that shaped building forever, today we look at the Flatiron Building, located at 175 Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan, New York City, and is considered to be a groundbreaking skyscraper.


Upon completion in 1902, it was one of the tallest buildings in the New York city.

The building sits on a triangular island-block formed by Fifth Avenue, Broadway and East 22nd Street, with 23rd Street grazing the triangle’s northern (uptown) peak. The name “Flatiron” derives from its resemblance to a cast-iron clothes iron.


The Flatiron Building was designed by Chicago’s Daniel Burnham as a vertical Renaissance palazzo with Beaux-Arts styling.[15][16] Unlike New York’s early skyscrapers, which took the form of towers arising from a lower, blockier mass, such as the contemporary Singer Building (1902–1908), the Flatiron Building epitomizes the Chicago school conception:[17] like a classical Greek column, its facade – limestone at the bottom changing to glazed terra-cotta from the Atlantic Terra Cotta Company in Tottenville, Staten Island as the floors rise[18][19] – is divided into a base, shaft and capital.


Once construction of the building began, it proceeded at a very fast pace. The steel was so meticulously pre-cut that the frame went up at the rate of a floor each week. By February 1902 the frame was complete, and by mid-May the building was half-covered by terra-cotta tiling. The building was completed in June 1902, after a year of construction.


Source: Wikipedia- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatiron_Building