Brick The Romans used brick extensively in architecture; and though it might seem singular that such an art when once learned should have been lost, nevertheless the remains of buildings between the Roman times and the 13th century show no evidence of bricks having been used, beyond, in a few instances, employing them as old material from buildings left by the Romans, as at Colchester and St. Alban's Abbey. Perhaps the earliest true brick-building existing in England is that of Little Wenham Hall (cir. 1260). A few instances of early 14th century brickwork occur, and towards the close of the style, and in the 15th century, brick-work becomes common. The most elaborate mouldings and ornamentation are exhibited in some of the remains of brick-work; and the fine 16th century chimneys, of which there are many examples, are for the most part built of brick.