Victorians loved adapting old styles of architecture and playing with them. It makes their buildings far more interesting though they were breaking all the classical rules.
This is a house I spotted in Central Cardiff that makes use of what was called Gibbs details, after the early 18th century architect/artist patronised by Lord Burlington who helped promote the practice of using large blocks of stone on the corners for extra strength. This is the first time I’ve seen it done in brick, though only in paint, so is all mouth and no trousers. As some might say.