The kiln site is at Eldwick, 2 km north of Bingley, West Yorkshire on Walsh Lane. The old works chimney is still visible for miles. All brick-making activity was confined to a period of about 50 years. In 1870 coal and lime merchant William Barron bought site land to establish a private brick making business. In 1889 the public company of Bingley Sanitary Tube and Lime Co. Ltd. was formed at the same premises. Bricks marked [BST&L Co] are common in the Bingley area and have been found in the Dales. In 1892 £442 was spent on machinery and plant and the company made a gross profit of £1766. The 1893 O.S. map shows the brickworks complex as the B.S.T & Lime Works. The 1921 O.S. map shows the works together with a tramway and a 1922 Trade Directory lists B.S.T & L Co for the last time. Thanks to Derek Barker for the photo and information.
Robin Lush spotted this one at Ingrow in the Worth Valley,
Spotted near Threshfield, Skipton by Clive Midgley.
Photo by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.
Birkby, Henry & Sons Ltd: Storr Hill Brickworks, Wyke
Wyke is a district of Bradford, photo by Simon Patterson. The works was opened in 1869 and closed in 1982. There are photos of the works in operation here
Photo by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.
Henry Birkby, was born in Worthinghead, Wyke around 1830. He was the foreman of Squire Holdsworth, contractor of Wyke, for 7 years until 1863. In 1869-70 he opened the Storr Hill, Wyke brickworks for which he is famous. He is said to have lost a hand in a brick-making machine accident. He took an active part in public life and was returned as councillor for Wyke in 1899. When he retired from business his sons continued brick making. Birkby's was the last traditional working brick-works in Bradford. The company used several brick-marks, all of which are variations on the company name and location. Thanks to Derek Barker for the information.
Brick and Tile making was already established at the Bispham Hall
works of William Moorfield in the 1860s. From 1899 the Bispham
Hall Colliery Company was operating as a partnership of William
Hilton and James Marsden, and then as a limited company from
February 1900. In 1925 the Bispham Hall Brick and Terra Cotta Co
Ltd was formed to take over the brickworks. Terracotta production
ceased before 1940 and brick manufacture ended in 1973 with
earthenware following in 1974. Photo and information by
Photographed on the seashore at Crosby, Merseyside.
Michael Sorfleet rescued this one from the Bury Corporation Transport Department bus depot when it was being demolished.
Found on the seashore in Crosby, Merseyside.
Photo by David Kitching. Dave Blackmoor writes: there was a
brickyard in Slacky Lane, Heath End, Pelsall, Walsall which
produced Blackmoor bricks. My Great Great Grandfather Joseph
Blackmoor and his family lived there around 1880. David
Kitching adds: The Heath End brickworks does not appear on the
1884 OS map and closed in February 1906 when the partners,
operating under the style of G. Blackmoor & Co. were declared
Blackwell is a colliery village to the west of Mansfield. Photo by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.
Found in a Gateshead garden by Albe Barratt
A modern paver made by Blockleys of Trench Lock, Telford, part of
Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC. Photo & Info Martyn
Ron Young adds some detail on pavers: This one has
two moulded ribs on the face in the photograph, and probably
another one or two ribs on one or other of the ends. The edges
also appear to be slightly bevelled. The idea behind the
ribs was to keep the pavers apart as they were being laid and,
especially if it was to be flexible paving onto a sand bed, give
room for loose sand to be brushed down between each paver and its
neighbour to enable them to move and recover as a vehicle ran over
B C - This came from the pit houses at Pleasley, Notts, which they are slowly reclaiming the bricks from. The outer walls are hand made and the inner bricks have been so far - Riddings - Blackwell - Ilkeston Colliery Co - Oakwell - Byron and now B C. Which I believe to be Bolsover Colliery, which was next door to Byron Brick Co. Went to Bolsover to check BC out and at the "Model Village" now New Bolsover built by the Colliery, I met Malcolm, an ex miner who told me this: Bolsover Colliery & Brickworks was near what they originally called "The Model Village", now New Bolsover. The brickworks was in production to around 1947 when the pit baths were built on the site and is now the home of Aztec Oils. The clay for the bricks was dug from what is now the village football fields and the bricks were stamped, BCC for Bolsover Colliery Company. Thanks to Malcolm, an ex miner for the info, who lives in "The Model Village" Photos by Martyn Fretwell.
Another day I when to Linby looking for Linby Colliery bricks, which I had been told about and I found a BCC brick there. Photo and info by Martyn Fretwell.
I then went to Aztec Oils & found many pit buildings still standing. The bricks I found had nothing on them. I met the Site Manager, who directed me to a building which in this photo, shows the intertwining BCC for Bolsover Colliery Company, photo and info by Martyn Fretwell.
Bolton Brick Co., Settle Street Brickworks, Great Lever, Bolton, Greater Manchester - Angus Glasgow. Image PRBCO.
Found on the beach in Crosby, Merseyside.
Photos by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.
Thanks to Darren Haywood for the photo. Made at Bonds
Main Colliery, a colliery village in the parish of Temple
Found by Stanley Jones in Sandwell valley, West Bromwich
The Borough Brick Company, Railway Street, Nelson, Lancashire.
Listed in Kelly 1918 / 1924.
The site finally closed in the 1950s and was owned by the Proctor family for several
generations in the 20th century. Makers of bricks marked NELSON PLASTIC. Image PRBCO.
A Staffordshire Blue brick, photo by Darren Haywood. The
blue colour means they are made from clay deposits known as
Etruria Marl. http://blackcountryhistory.org/collections/getrecord/GB149_D-SSW_2_AB/
Boulton, Burnett, & Platt first appear in the trade drectories in 1867 at Brownhills Colliery, Tunstall. In 1868 the listing is for Boulton, Burnett & Co, and in 1869 it is Boulton & Co. brick and tile makers. Proprietor George Boulton was living at Moreton House, Wolstanton. The works was last listed in 1892. Photo and information by David Kitching.
Made in Bovey Tracey, near Newton Abbot in Devon
Listed as operating at Rook Lane, Bradford 1900 and Rook Lane
and Bowling Back Lane,
Bradford, 1904 / 1912/ 1917. Image PRBCO.
Henry Bowman of Marehay, Ripley is recorded in Kelly's Directory for 1888. Photo & Info by Martyn Fretwell.
Photo by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection. Boyles
operated a works at Burmantofts, Leeds, later taken over by
Leeds Fireclay. Found at Tankersley near Barnsley.