"Old Bricks - history at your feet"

England page 13, Letter: K

K: Kemp

K B & T Co.: Kettering Brick & Tile

K C: Kidsgrove Colliery

K & D: Kaye & Darwin

K Co: Ketley Brick Co.

K P: Ketley Pavior (Ketley Brick)

K R P: Knitsley Refractory Products

K P: Kiveton Park

K T Co: Knutton Tileries

Kaye & Darwin

Found by Michaela in Sheffield city centre.

 Kaye & Darwin are listed in Whiteís 1901 edition at Wincobank, Sheffield. Info & photo by Martyn Fretwell, courtesy of the Bill Richardson Collection.



Kelham Brickworks near Newark operated from its Broadgate Lane site around 1900. By 1912 it is marked disused on a local map. Photo & Info by Martyn Fretwell.


William Kemp of Commonside, Heanor, Derbys. is recorded in Kelly's Directory for 1888. Photo & Info by Martyn Fretwell
K (Kemp)

George Kemp's brickworks, The Aldershot Brick and Tile works, Boxalls Lane, Aldershot Hants. Company #7429, 1873.  Further info here.  Photo and info by Mike Hatch.


The Kempston company in Bedfordshire was one of the founding works of the London Brick Co.  Thanks to Ian C for the photo.

J. Kent Derby

Photo supplied by A.K.A. Demik.

James Kent is listed as brickmaker in Kellyís 1876 & 1881 editions at Stockbrook Lane, Derby. Photos & Info by Martyn Fretwell.

Kent Co. Pluckley

Photo by courtesy of the Richard Symonds collection.

Kenyon, Harrop, Macclesfield

Harrop is a district at the north-west of the parish of Rainow, near Macclesfield, where there were a number of small coal and fireclay mines in the nineteenth century. The only known kiln in that area was at Brink Brow north of Further Harrop Farm. Photo and information by David Kitching.

J H Ketley & Co.

During the later 19th century John Howard Ketley owned, or was the principal partner in, several undertakings, in connection with the manufacture of tiles and bricks, extracting the clay to make them, as well as calcining mine dust to make coal briquettes. He operated from a site at Knutton, alongside the North Staffordshire Railway line from Newcastle to Silverdale. From 1907 the tileries were later operated under the title Knutton Tileries Co Ltd until 1917 and then as Knutton Tileries Limited until the company was wound up in March 1936 after the business was acquired by G H Downing Co Ltd in 1932.

Ketley Brick, Brierley Hill

Ketley Brick Company Ltd. Dreadnought Works, Dreadnought Road, Pensnett, Brierley Hill. Kelly's Staffordshire Directory 1880: - Ketley Brick Co., (William Wood, manager) Kingswinford. The Ketley Brick Company is a family business with over a century of tradition manufacturing Staffordshire Blue Bricks and Pavers and is still producing bricks today. Information from Frank Lawson.

Photo by Michael Raybould.

A fairly modern pavior. Photographed at Four Oaks Reclamation Yard by Martyn Fretwell.

Found at a Spondon reclamation yard by Martin Fretwell.

Kettering Brick Co.

The Kettering Brick Company opened  to the south of the town in 1873 and closed around 1934.  Photo and info by Dave Clemo.

 Photos by Martyn Fretwell and by courtesy of the Bill Richardson Collection at Southwick Hall.


Made in West Sussex, photo by Richard Symonds.

 The Keymer Brick & Tile Co. can trace itís origins back to 1588 when it began as Ditchling Pottery. The move to Nye Road, Burgess Hill took place in 1860 & the first listing for the Keymer Brick & Tile Co is in Kellyís 1890 edition as Keymer Brick & Tile Works Ltd. (late Johnson & Co.) (A.P. Serase, managing director & secretary), Burgess Hill, Sussex. Brick production ceased in the 1970ís due to lack of demand with the works continuing to make handmade roofing tiles. Owned by Wienerberger when the Nye Road works closed in 2015, itís production of handmade roof tiles was transferred to Wienerbergerís Ewhurst, Surrey plant. A full history of the Company can be read here. Photos & Info by Martyn Fretwell.

Chas Keyworth

Made on Halifax Road in Wadsley Bridge Sheffield, thanks to Michaela for the photo.

Photo by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.

Photo by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.

Photo by Chris Nadin.

Kidsgrove Colliery

This company was established when Birchenwood Colliery & itís brickworks announced that it was to close in 1925. The Heath brothers, sons of Robert Heath came out of retirement & used their own personal wealth to rescue this colliery & brickworks from the receivers, a venture which proved to be disastrous. Three months after setting up the Kidsgrove Colliery Co. there was an explosion at one of the pits killing seven in December 1925. The General Strike in 1926 put more pressure on the ageing brothers & by 1928 the brothers were financially ruined & the company was put into administration. Info & Photo taken at Apedale Heritage Centre by Martyn Fretwell.


Found in Derbyshire, photo by Martyn Fretwell

Kilburn is a village to the south of Ripley with strong mining & brickmaking associations. From the Phil. Sparham collection, photo by Frank Lawson.


K B Co., Killamarsh, South Yorkshire. Thanks to Simon Patterson for the photo

Photo by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.

Kilner, Thornhill Lees

Photo by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.


Kilnhurst Colliery Brickworks, South Yorks.

Thanks to Simon Patterson for the photo

Photo by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.


Found these two makers who could have been father & son for this Kimber brick. Kellyís 1885 & 89 editions lists Richard Kimber at Church Lane, Highfield, Southampton, then in the 1895 edition at Crown Street, Highfield, Southampton.  Kellyís 1902 edition now lists Sidney G. Kimber at Highfield Brickworks, High Crown Street, Southampton & Mount Pleasant Brickworks, Sholing. The next two directories that I have are 1920 & 27  & they list Sidney just at the Highfield Brickworks. Photo & Info by Martyn Fretwell.

J. King & Co. Stourbridge

Joseph King & Co, Stourbridge, Chapel Terra Cotta Works, Park Lane, Cradley, Halesowen. West Midlands. J.King & Co made Red bricks and Terra Cotta at their Chapel Works. Photo supplied by Michael Raybould.

Photographed at North Shropshire Reclamation yard by Martyn Fretwell

Photo taken at Black Country Museum.

King Brothers

Manufacturers of fire bricks, glasshouse pots, crucibles, retorts and all fire-clay goods.

Found at the site of Towcester Company Iron Works, in production 1875-78, for iron smelting.  This was the pioneer Direct Reduction Process of making steel and consisted of 2 rotary furnaces of 4 tons capacity.
Founded by Dr. W. C. Siemens and Samuel Lloyd - later of Stewarts & Lloyds of Corby.  Photo and info by Nigel Furniss.

Recovered by Glamorgan - Gwent Archaeological Trust from the Cyfarthfa Ironworks Coke Yard site at Merthyr Tydfil, photo by Richard Paterson.

Photo taken at Ewenny by Richard Paterson.

Kings Newton

A village near Melbourne in Derbyshire - found at Stanton by Bridge by Frank Lawson.  Frank understands that a brickworks in Kings Newton was once owned by R R Bennett of Derby and closed in 1899.

Photo by Mike Shaw.

Kings Norton Brick Co, Birmingham

This works first appears in Kellyís 1899 edition as John Hough & Son, Wharf Road, Kings Norton, Birmingham. This entry is repeated in the 1900 edition. By Kellyís 1905 edition John or his son had renamed the Wharf Road works as the Kings Norton Brick Co. This new entry then appears in the 1908 & 1915 editions. I have a gap in trade directories until 1940 & in this edition the works is still listed. The works closed in 1959. John Hough also owned another brickworks at Kings Heath & examples from this works can be seen under Hough & Co. KIngs Heath. Info & Photographed at Oldfield Reclamation Yard, Old Hill, Cradley Heath by Martyn Fretwell.

King & Smith, Stowe Works

There was the Steel & Iron Co Ltd site (1866-1892) next door to the brickworks where King & Smith (1889-1906) had 3 kilns operating, probably updraughts. The ironworks site was taken over by George King & Son, when it closed in 1892.  1906-1920 Blisworth & Stowe Siding Brick & Tile Co. Ltd. Further expansion to include a 2' 11" tramway, a connection to the L&NWR, and a rectangular 14 chamber continuous kiln.  1920-1940 Henry Martin of Northampton, Nether Heyford Brickworks (1923 map known as Stowe Works Brick & Tile).  Closed 1940 as site requisitioned by the War Dept. for ammunition Storage.  Photo and info by Nigel Furniss.


Found at Brampton, Cumbria, from the works at Kingmoor, Carlisle. Information from Angus Glasgow suggests the site operated 1896 - 1960s. Image PRBCO.


 Produced by the Kingsbury Brick& Tile Works Ltd which in 1947 was owned by Kingsbury Collierys.  Photo by Alwyn Sparrow.

A Warwickshire edging brick found by the Erewash Canal in Long Eaton, Derbys by Frank Lawson.

Thomas Kinnersley & Co.


Tim Lawton writes: This is a Staffordshire Blue stable brick in excellent condition.... I believe it was made by Thomas Kinnersley & Co.  Kinnersley (1783-1855) was a very influential figure within the North Staffordshire towns of Newcastle under Lyme and Kidsgrove in the early part of the 1800s. Amongst others, he operated the largest bank in Newcastle at the time, had interests in numerous mines in the area, and was responsible for developing the Clough Hall/ Birchenwood industrial complex into what became a nationally important iron, coal, coking and by-products manufactory. His son and heir to his business was also called Thomas. My knowledge of the site of this brick's manufacture is less specific I'm afraid, although it plausible to guess that it came from Clough Hall as a brickworks was certainly in operation here by 1879.


Kinsley is located 1.5km North-west of Hemsworth in West Yorkshire, contiguous with Fitzwilliam. Image PRBCO.

Kirk & sons

Kirk & Sons, Wakefield Road, Normanton, West Yorks.  White's Clothing District Directory 1894.  A brickworks was founded in the 1890s by a Thomas Kirk from Nottingham, who had heard rumours that Normanton was rapidly turning into an important junction on the railways. Both Kirk and his sons used their life savings and formed the Normanton Brick Company. Photo and info by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.


Made at Kirkheaton Brickworks, Huddersfield. Photos by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.

An overstamped Kirkheaton brick, courtesy of Steve Horn.

Photo by Alan Davies.


This is one I photographed near Alston in Cumbria and it was a bit of a mystery.  However Tim Lawton writes:  I stand to be corrected here but it appears that there was a brickworks in the small village (if that) of Kirkhouse located about 3 miles east of Brampton in Cumbria. There are a couple of tell tale quarry workings either side of the railway line shown on recent maps, they could be the claypits I would guess. Additionally from what I can see on the same site there was some small scale industry (coke ovens) associated with a small coal mine, the Line Holme Burn pit. As we know coal mines and brickworks developed hand in hand. The pit appears to have shut in 1925.

Peter Robinson found this example in Moffat.

Photo by Mark Cranston


Kirkstall brickworks operated in the early 20th century at Wyther Lane, Kirkstall, Leeds. Listed in Robinson's directory of 1904 as the Kirkstall Brick Company. Image PRBCO.

Joe Kitson, Denby Dale

Denby Dale lies 11km west of Barnsley on the Holmfirth Road. First listed in trade directories, 1881. Operating in 1974 as a member of the Hepworth Group, Image PRBCO.

The letters have been reversed, Found at Denby Dale, West Yorks by Frank Lawson.

Found in Penistone by Frank Lawson.

Kiveton Park


Photos by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection, K P probably stands for Kiveton Park near Sheffield.


Photos from the Frank Lawson Collection.  Link to works history.

Knight, Woodbridge

Photo by courtesy of the Richard Symonds collection.

Knighton Junction

 There were many brickworks in Leicester in the 1870ís which Knighton Junction was one of them, using clay from the Mercia Mudstones which runs north - south through the city. I have a reference to William Watts Clarkson owning the Knighton Junction Brickworks on Welford Road in 1877 and 1881, employing 74 men. William retired from the business in 1891. I have another reference to the brick kilns being derelict in the 1950ís. The site now has student flats (Nixon Court) built on it, belonging to Leicester University. Photo and Info by Martyn Fretwell.

Knitsley Refractory Products, Wolsingham


David Oliver writes:  This one is Knitsley Refractory Products and was based on Knitsley Fell near Wolsingham in County Durham where a Ganister rock (a hard sandstone) was quarried to make Silica bricks. In 1937 a shale quarry was opened and red facing and common bricks were made. This closed in 1940 due to the effects of the war and never reopened, although ganister was quarried until 1963.

S. Knowles, Holcombe Brook

Photo by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.

Near Bury Lancashire. Photo by Alan Davies.

John Knowles & Co. - Wooden Box

This one was spotted by Robert Runyard near a now closed animal processing and freezer complex in Puerto Bories in Chilean Patagonia. 

Mark Duggins writes: Wooden Box is the old local name for Woodville, near Swadlincote in Derbyshire, so named because the toll booth was a large old barrel from one of the nearby Burton-on-Trent breweries. Knowles is the name of the old pipeyard there, who once provided salt-glazed sewerage worldwide, so was probably used for packing on a delivery to Patagonia.

A full history of the Mount Pleasant works may be read here.

Photo by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection, found at Pye Bridge in Derbyshire

Photo by Maurice Stokes, found at Clay Mills pumping station, Burton on Trent.

Knutton Tileries: see J H Ketley & Co.

Kough's Universal Ventilators

  TH Kough opened the Sarn works, Westbury, Shropshire in 1860.  Photo by Mike Shaw.  More photos under the Sarn entry.

Next page: English bricks, page 14, Letter L
Return to the England index page