C - J H Cookson & Co
C. B. C. - Cheshire Brick Co
C B C - Chester le Street brick
C. C. - Crowborough
C C C Ltd - Crosland Coal company
C. C. C. C. - Cannock Chase Colliery Co.
C. F. C. - Calder fireclay Co.
C & M - Chapman &
C. R. - Charles Richardson
C. R. C. - Cannock & Rugeley Collieries
C X C - Clay Cross
G C & Co - George Chadwick
H & F C Barnsley - H
& F Chamberlain
T C & Co - T Charlton
W D C - W D Cornish
A company in Newark, Nottinghamshire, whose history may be read
Made by Cafferata & Co. of Newark, Notts. From the Phil
Sparham collection, photo by Frank Lawson.
R. Cail, Gateshead
One of Tyneside's most successful, if lesser known Victorian
entrepreneur's, Richard Cail rose to prominence as a contractor on
many of the regions early railways, having previously been
apprenticed to a Newcastle' builder. The secret to his success
would appear to have been control of the supplies to his various
businesses. As a Freeman of Newcastle' he was exempt from duty on
imported materials, owned quarries at Sunderland and operated
Gateshead's South Shore Brickworks. However, by the time of his
death in 1893 reference to his interests begins to wain, with the
Gateshead works having disappeared from the OS by 1898. Examples
of his bricks are therefore rather few and far
between, a testament to
his engineering skills in that many of the
structures he supervised are still extant. Photo and information
by Arthur Brickman.
Tony Mugridge has this info: Cakemore was a Black Country
brickmaker who specialised in Staffordshire blue bricks and
pavers I have two in my collection - both pavers and Cakemore
bricks were used for much of the bridgework architecture on the
Grand Union Canal through South Staffordshire.
David Kitching adds: Cakemore brick works near Rowley Regis.
The South Staffordshire Blue Brick Co was registered on 28 October
1887, to take over the properties of the Cakemore Blue Brick Co.
This paving brick was seen on Charlotte Street in Birmingham.
Calder Fireclay Co.
Calder Fireclay (E J W Waterhouse & Son) of Elland,
W.Yorks. Found at Carlton, Lofthouse, W.Yorks by Frank
Photo supplied by A.K.A. Demik. Tony Mugridge
writes: California Brick and Tile Works - Hollinswood (now
Telford) The works was demolished in the early 1970's and part
of Telford Town Centre occupies the site. The works produced red
stock bricks and roofing tiles and it is believed that this was
where the Blockley family had their works before they opened
their brickworks at Trench (Telford) in the 1890's, where
Blockley's Brick still operates (now part of Michelmersh
This brick was made for/by Callender's Cable &
Construction Co. Ltd, Erith, London before 1945, when it
became British Insulated Callender's Cables (BICC in
1975) as a marker brick, to warn you
that electric cables are buried in the ground below.
Photo & Info by Martyn Fretwell.
Camerton Coal and Firebrick Company, Greengill Colliery
brickworks, Camerton, Cumbria. Sited 6km ENE of Workington. Site
operated late 19th century to 1950s - Angus Glasgow. Image
This one is spelt Camrton, found by Malcolm Smith by the River
Works, Stoke on Trent
A product of George Woolliscroft's Canal Tileries in
Etruria. Photo and info by David Kitching.
Believed to have been made by Candy Tiles in Heathfield, Newton
Abbot, thanks to Chris Williamson for the photo.
Cannock Chase Colliery Co.
The Cannock Chase Colliery Company produced bricks at various
sites until production was centralised in the 1920s to the west
of No.9 & 10 Collieries at Hednesford. The works was
developed to a capacity of 8 million bricks per
annum in the 1930s but the average production in the 5 years
ending in 1932 was only 5.75 million bricks. Under the NCB the
works was further expanded and c1974 was taken over by the
Butterley Brick Company. It has since been
closed. Photo and information by David Kitching.
& Rugeley Collieries
Cannock & Rugeley Collieries had extensive brickworks at
Wimblebury Colliery, Littleworth This was established in the 1870s
and was producing more than 1 million bricks a year in the 1930s,
mainly for use in the Company's own
collieries. Production continued into NCB ownership. Photo and
information by David Kitching.
Cannon St, Hanley
The Cannon Street Brick Company operated from its central
Hanley works during the last quarter of the nineteenth century
and early twentieth century. It appears in trade directories for
1912 but not 1921. Photos and information by David Kitching.
Probably made at the Auclaye brickworks, Capel, Surrey.
Photo by Martyn Fretwell.
Carbis China Clay & Brick Co Ltd SX001596. Photo by David
Kitching, part of the collection at Wheal Martyn China Clay
English China Clay Sales
West of England Co.
Made at Carloggas Brickworks SW958551. Photos by David Kitching,
part of the collection at Wheal
Martyn China Clay Museum.
The Carleton Brick Co., Carleton, Pontefract is listed in Kelly
1897 / 1901. West Yorkshire. Image PRBCO.
still in business today, located near Barnsley, South
Thanks to Simon Patterson for the photo
Photo by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.
Made by George Carr, listed at 3 addresses in Attercliffe Road
area of Sheffield between 1875 and 1904. Info and image
Made at Scotswood between 1828 and 1881 found in an exposed
culvert on the Lanchester Valley railway walk about 8 miles west
of Durham. Photo by Gordon Hull.
Photo by Alwyn Sparrow
Photo by David Kitching
Photos by Ray Martin. The Castle Brick Works was in Birchills,
Walsall, just off Upper Green Lane,
and first appears on the 1902 OS map with five rectangular kilns.
In 1924 it was operated by J Griffin, Jones and Company, and in
1940 it was the Castle Brick Co. The works seems to have closed
and been swallowed up in
extensions to the tube works by the early 1950s. Info by
Thanks to Simon Patterson for the above photo.
Photos by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.
It would appear that there were two different Castleford Brick
Companies. The manufacturer of this brick is listed 1897- 1912 and
the brick was used in the works of the Aberford Railway, which
principally shipped coal from the Garforth Collieries to a coal
depot at Aberford on the Great North Road. A later Castleford
Brick Company, with works at Glasshoughton, is listed as a
branch of the Yorkshire Brick Co., 1922 to 1965.
Catchpole & Co., Rotherham
Found near Rotherham by Bob Gellatly
Thanks to John Biggs for the photo, found in the remains of
Southmead Manor, Bristol.
C. C. P. Pocklington
Believed to have been made in Pocklington, near York at the
Burnby Lane works. Thanks to Andrew Boyce for the photo,
further info on the Pocklington brick industry can be read here.
Whittlesea was an important brick making area east of
Peterborough. The Central Brickworks Whittlesea was
acquired by the National Coal Board in 1966. It was sold
in 1973 to the London Brick Co by N. C. B. Ancillaries.
Photo by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.
George Chadwick & Co.
Photo by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection, made in Totley
near Sheffield and found in Baslow.
Photos by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection, found at
Barkston near Grantham.
From Whites Directory, 1882
Chamber Colliery, Hollinwood
This brick was manufactured by the Chamber Colliery Limited, which
operated a coal mine in the Hollinwood area of Oldham from the
late 1850s. The company added a 16-chamber Hoffmann-type
continuous brick kiln to the colliery site during the 1880s. It is
uncertain when the company ceased manufacturing bricks, although
the kiln is marked ‘disused’ on the Ordnance Survey map of 1922.
The brick was discovered on the site of the brickworks during its
redevelopment. Photo and information by Ian Miller.
H & F Chamberlain, Dodworth Road, Barnsley. Photos by
courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.
Photo by Nigel Furniss.
Photo by Mark Cranston, Arthur Brickman adds: Chapman &
Morson, Crook Colliery, County Durham
A Charlaw brick. The Charlaw and Sacriston Collieries Co.
Ltd ran mines in the Sacriston area of Co. Durham. See this website.
and info by Andrew Gardner.
Found in Derbyshire by Martyn Fretwell. Martyn thinks that
that CR could be Charles Richardson of Vauxhall, London, His
brickfield was at Teynham, Kent and his cement works at nearby
Conyer. He owned wharves at Vauxhall and Conyer, using his own
barges to transport his goods. His bricks were stamped CR. In
the early 1880's he joined forces with John Francis Eastwood and
four others to form Eastwoods Co. Ltd. supplying bricks to
London, Kent and Essex by barge. An ever expanding Eastwoods
went on to own many brickworks in Eastern and South-Eastern
Counties of England including making Fletton bricks at
Peterborough. See entry for Eastwoods. Photo by Martyn Fretwell.
T. Charlton & Co.
T. Charlton & Co owned a number of mines around Bitchburn.
This one was found near coke ovens at East Howle in County
Durham. Thanks to Paul Harman for the information and
Thanks to Darren Haywood for the contribution.
Chellaston near Derby
Photo supplied by A.K.A. Demik.
Chellaston Minerals, Derby produced bricks from 1871 to
1978. Originally the company quarried alabaster and when
good quality alabaster started to be in short supply, the company
turned to producing bricks as the clay which had been a waste
product was put to good use. Bricks were in great demand during
both World Wars, especially the Second as the company had to keep
a sufficient stock of bricks to rebuild Rolls Royce in case of
major damage by enemy bombs. Info and photo by Martyn Fretwell.
Brick from the Phil Sparham Collection.
The works became the Cherry Orchard brickworks possibly as
early as mid-1889, and it became Kenilworth's last brickworks,
closing in 1977. Date of this brick uncertain, but it came
from a building put up in the late 19th century. Thanks to
Robin Leach for the photo and info.
Robin writes: frustratingly, I have yet to find the
years that the works operated under this fuller title, nor did I
record where I got the brick from. The pit at the works
was in use as a tip even in pre WW1 days and since closure
became a full scale pit-filling operation. Today, with the pit
filled and grassed over, it is a 're-cycling centre' and all the
rubbish is taken from there to elsewhere.
Simon Patterson photographed this one at Avoncroft Museum
Cheshire Brick Co.
Photos by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.
The Cheshire Brick Co works was situated at Middlewood between
Hazel Grove and High Lane. Production began as the Middlewood
Brick Co in the 1920s and ended in the early 1960s. Photo
and info by David Kitching.
Brick Co. (Chester Le Street)
Photo by Mark Cranston. Arthur Brickman adds: Knowing the
find location, (within a stones throw of a number of post-war
Council built estates here on Tyneside), I suspect this is the
Chester Brick Company, (as in Chester-le-Street), Plawsworth, Co.
Durham, established in 1953. A calcium-silicate brick, formed by
mixing various grades of sand with hydrated lime, before adding
colouring dyes and baking in an autoclave - I believe this shade
was known as 'Cumberland Stone'.
Churwell - (A Rodgers)
Churwell Brick Co., Leeds. Site operated by Fitton Bros. in
1904, as Churwell Brick Company 1938 and by A. Rodgers in 1956.
Site cleared c2000. Image PRBCO.
Made at Chytane Brickworks, near Summercourt SW913561. Photo by
David Kitching, part of the collection at Wheal Martyn China Clay