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Soldier Course
A course of bricks with the bricks stood up vertically
A brick stood up vertically showing it's narrowest face in the wall.
A brick on it's edge showing it's end on the face of the wall. Also called a Rollock
Rollock Course
A course of bricks with the header bricks stood up sideways

a brick course of soldiers a rollock course

Both of these courses can be used purely for decoration, and they are often used in flat arches, usually in conjunction with an arch bar.

The rowlock course is also many times used on window sills with a few degrees of fall and overlapping the face of the wall to provide a drip edge.

rowlock course

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