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Found in Macclesfield by Frank Lawson.


A website shows the Bidford on Avon brickworks on maps dated 1885, 1904 & 1922 & I have found these entries in Kelly’s directories. Mrs Mary Wadley, 1868 to 1876 editions with the 76 entry saying exors of. Mathew Richard Wadley is next listed in the 1880 to 1884 editions. Then it's Davison & Sill in the 1888 & 1892 editions. Then finally Edward Sill is listed on his own at the works in the 1900 to 1908 editions. Photo & Info by Martyn Fretwell.

Alfred Bigg

Alfred Bigg is listed in Whites 1855 edition as farmer & brickmaker in Cavendish, Suffolk. Photo & Info by Martyn Fretwell.


Billesdon is a village in Leicestershire. Photo by Lynne Dyer.

W Billingham

Possibly a blue brick manufacturer in the West Midlands. Photo by Martyn Fretwell.


This brickworks was opened prior to the sinking of Bilsthorpe Colliery, Notts by the Stanton Ironworks Co. in 1925 to provide the thousands of bricks needed to line the shaft. Bricks were also made to build the housing which was provided by the company for it's miners who sank the shaft. Bricks were later used to line the roadways in the mine as they were cheaper to produce than pouring concrete for the linings. More can be read at this link.  Photo by Dave Penney & Info by Martyn Fretwell.


 The Binfield Brick & Tile Co. at Amen Corner, Bracknell, Berks. is listed in Kellys 1899 edition with D. Sharp as Managing Director. The 1899 map shows that the works had it's own railway siding connecting to the Staines & Wokingham Line run by the London & South Western Railway Co. The company was in voluntary liquidation in January 1900 but appears to have been reconstituted. Binfield B & T Co. is also listed in Kellys 1915 edition. The brickworks closed in the 1960's. Photo & Info by Martyn Fretwell.

Photo by John Harrison.

Photo via John Harrison.

Bingley Sanitary Tube & Lime Co.

The kiln site is at Eldwick, 2 km north of Bingley, West Yorkshire on Walsh Lane.  The old works chimney was visible for miles but has now been demolished.  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 information. Photos by Frank Lawson.

Photo by David Fox.

Birch & Ryde, Chellaston

Birch & Ryde are listed as brickmakers at Chellaston in Kelly's 1876 edition. Photo & Info by Martyn Fretwell.


Photo by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.

Birchenwood Brick & Tile Co, near Kidsgrove, Staffs. Photo and information by David Kitching.

Birchills & North Walsall Brick Co.

The Birchills & North Walsall, Brick Co. Walsall is listed in Kelly's 1900 to 1916 editions. From a notice in the London Gazette dated 18th November 1910, it states that the partnership of Matilda Elizabeth Evans & Edward Goddard carrying on the business of Brick Manufacturers under the name of The Birchills & North Walsall Brick Co. Walsall was on the 19th October 1910 dissolved by mutual consent & the said firm would then continue under the same name under the ownership of Edward Goddard, dated 11th November 1910. Info by Martyn Fretwell, photo by Nigel Furniss.


Joseph Bird & Son owned the Trinity Brickworks off Cavendish Street, Ipswich between 1890 & 1910. Joseph is listed in Kellys 1892 & 96 editions at the Trinity Brickworks. Photo & Info by Martyn Fretwell.

Birkby Fire Brick Company

Birkby Firebrick works and colliery. In 1901 was worked by Messrs Steele and Beveridge, employing 40 heads. 4km ENE of Maryport Cumbria. Site operated c1860 to early 20th century - Angus Glasgow. Image PRBCO.

Photos by Chris Graham.

Photo by Mark Howard.

Photos by Ian Suddaby.

Birkby Brick & Tile Works, Alternative names: Birkby Brick & Fire Clay Works or The Fire Clay Works, Maryport, (Wm Tickle & Son c1860-1878). Birkby Fire Brick Company (1879-83), Birkby Colliery & Fire Brick Company (1884-). Manufacturers: William Tickle, 1860-1878, Croudace & Watson, 1879-83, David Burns, 1884-. History: It is possible that this Works, established around 1860 by William Tickle, manufactured agricultural drain tiles but no records of this have been located. However, in January 1867 William Tickle & Son was advertising for someone to supply pipe, brick and tile machinery for their Fireclay Works, Maryport . Under his, and subsequent ownership the articles advertised were bricks, fire bricks, furnace blocks, sewerage pipes, cattle troughs, chimney pots and paving tiles. Info by Graham Brooks.

The Birkby Fire Brick Company Limited was wound up in 1884. The Birkby works was east of Maryport. Found at Workington by Richard Cornish.

Photo by Frank Lawson.

Birkbys, Wyke

Henry Birkby & Sons Ltd: Storr Hill Brickworks, Wyke. Photos by Chris Shaw.

Photo by David Kitching.

Photos by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.

Photo by Mark Cranston.

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. The works closed in 1982.  There are photos of the works in operation here Thanks to Derek Barker for the information.

Bishop's Close Colliery

The colliery near Spennymoor opened in 1860 and closed in 1909. It was owned by the Weardale Iron & Coke Co when sunk and this had become the Weardale Steel, Coal & Coke Co. Ltd at closure. Photo by Chris Tilney.

Bispham Hall

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 David Kitching.

Blaby Brick & Tile

The Blaby Brick & Tile Co. is listed in Kelly's 1928 to 1936 editions at Cork Lane, Blaby, Leicester. In 1947 the company was taken over by the Butterley Brick Co. & in 1955 Butterley was renamed Butterley & Blaby Brick Co.. The year that the Blaby works closed is unknown. There are also two trade directory entries in Kelly's 1899 & 1900 editions for the Blaby Brick Co. Blaby with Charles Halford as Managing Director, whether there is any connection with the later Blaby Brick & Tile Company is unknown. Info by Martyn Fretwell, photo by Frank Lawson courtesy of the Bill Richardson Collection at Southwick Hall.

Black Boy Coal Company

The Black Boy Coal Company ran the Black Boy Colliery near Bishop Auckland. Photo by Chris Tilney.

Black Boy Colliery

By the 1880s the Black Boy Colliery was being run by Bolckow, Vaughan & Co Ltd. Photo by Chris Tilney.

Blackburn : see William Henry Shaw

Blackett & Son

R Blackett & Son, Haughton Road, Darlington, Co.Durham.  Kelly's Durham Directory 1914.  Photo and info by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.

Black Hill Brick, Entwistle, near Bolton

Black Hill Brick & Terra Cotta Company Ltd, Entwistle. The business seems to have been established in 1899 and in June 1905 was in liquidation. In June and July 1905 it was offered for sale as a going concern. The machinery and plant was said to be capable of producing 100,000 bricks per week. A purchaser was found and the business seems subsequently to have been known as the Black Hill Brick Company. The Gannow Patent Brick Company was running the Black Hill works by 1908 and applied the Gannow name to its bricks. This business was liquidated in April 1916.

Michael Sorfleet rescued this one from the Bury Corporation Transport Department bus depot when it was being demolished.

Photo by Jason Stott.

Photo by David Kitching.

Photos by Frank Lawson.

Blacklock & Hall

Blacklock & Hall operated at Carrs Yard brickworks, Bells Close, between 1847 and 1855. Cliff of Newcastle apparently operated from the same yard in 1861, William and Thomas Carr operated the yard until 1894. Photos and info by Chris Tilney.


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 bankrupt. Photo by Ray Martin.

Blackstone Edge

Whittaker Fire Clay Works Littleborough,started 1851.  Photo and info by Colin Driver.


Blackwell is a colliery village to the west of Mansfield.  Photo by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.

B W Blades, West Bromwich

Brownlow William Blades appears on the 1881 census as a "Blue Brick Manufacturer", living in Swan Road, West Bromwich. His son had the same name, as did his father who was also a brickmaker from Northampton. The West Bromwich works was operating in the 1870s and was still in business in 1900.  Photo and information by David Kitching.

This one was photographed on a canal bank near Dudley.  Thanks to Tim Lawton for the photo.

M H Blanchard, Bishops Waltham

I have found trade directory listings for M.H. Blanchard at Bishops Waltham, Hampshire in Kellys 1875 to 1927 editions & info for this company can be read at this Link on page 94. Photo by Martyn Fretwell.

Photo by Amy Davies.

Found on the foreshore near the site of the Carmarthen Bay Power Station by Hugh Owen.

Photo by Maurice Stokes.

Photo by Hamish Fenton.

Blashfield, Stamford

John Marriott Blashfield, (1811-1882) was a property developer and mosaic floor and ornamental terracotta manufacturer. He originally worked for the cement makers Wyatt, Parker and & Co in Millwall. In 1858 Blashfield transferred his terracotta business from London to premises on Wharf Road, Stamford as the estuarine clay produced high quality terracotta which was widely exported. His business was re-named The Stamford Terracotta Co.The company closed in 1875 due to competition from cheaper mass produced terracotta industries.
Photo and info by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.

Blaydon & Eltringham

Both these bricks are stamped W Harriman on the side. Photos by Chris Tilney.

Found in a Gateshead garden by Albe Barratt

Bletchley Flettons

Found in London by Simon Patterson.

In 1933, Mr. Antony Ernest Lamb started a brickworks at Skew Bridge near
Water Eaton. Before the works was finished a company was set up called Bletchley Flettons to run it. Mr. A. E. Lamb was one of two sons of Mr. W.T. Lamb who joined Read & Andrews at Newton Longville in 1919. The Lambs were builders merchants established in 1901. A new claypit was opened in the late 1940's at Loughton to serve Skew
Bridge works. In 1950 Skew Bridge was taken over by London Brick Co. and renamed Jubilee Works.

The lettering B B C is thought to represent the Bletchley Brick Company which seems to have been incorporated to run an existing works c1919. The business began manufacturing Flettons in 1923. An alternative expalnation is that the letters represent Beebys Brick Co. Ltd. Peterborough. Photos by Nigel Furniss.

Blisworth Brick Co.

Blisworth is a village in Northamptonshire. Photo by Brian Orton.

Blockley, Bloxwich

Benjamin Pollard Blockley, Victoria brick works, Bloxwich, Walsall. Kelly's Directory, 1904. Photo by Andrew Morley.


A modern paver made by Blockleys of Trench Lock, Telford, part of Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC. Photo & Info Martyn Fretwell.

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 them.

Photo by Andrew Richards.

Found on demolished outbuildings at Ditherington flaxmill, Shrewsbury by Michael Shaw. Michael adds: it
is quite possible that it is from Benjamin Peter Blockley (precursor of Blockleys) who began at Hadley, Wellington, Shropshire apparently in 1894.

Blomfield, Halstead

Charles Blomfield, farmer, brick & tile maker in Halstead. Essex is listed in White's 1848 &1863 editions & then in the 1874 Post Office edition at Brook Farm, Halstead. Photo & Info by Martyn Fretwell.


The Bloomfield Blue Brick Co. (Late James Whitehouse) is listed at Bloomfield, Tipton in Kelly's 1892 & 96 editions. Then as the Bloomfield & Stourbridge Blue & Red Brick Co. Ltd. Bloomfield, Tipton in Kelly's 1900 & 04 editions. Info by Martyn Fretwell.

G Blyth, Fulstow

George Blyth, brickmaker is recorded in trade directories for 1872 and 1885. Photo by Martyn Fretwell taken at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Lincoln, who also supplied the information.

W Blyth

This tile was found on the South bank of the Humber. Made by William Blyth in Barton. Listed initially in White in 1872, the Ings Lane Yard finally closed in 2006, though tiles and possibly bricks are still made in Barton - upon - Humber (2014).I believe a kiln at the Ings Lane site was being fired in April 2013 in preparation for opening to the public. Detailed in formation about brick and tile making in the area can be found in Bryant & Land (2007) " Bricks, Tiles & Bicycles in Barton before 1900". Image PRBCO.

T Blythe, Birtley Station

Photo by Chris Tilney.

Photos by Steven Tait.

Photo by Anthony E Gray.

A selection of commemorative bricks by Blythe's of Birtley, these are all end stampings.  Photos by Kenneth Bowe.

A First World War brick sent in by Martin Briscoe.

1902 version by Peter Hanson.

The 1958, centenary edition. Photo by ThomasD.

Found site of the old Walbottle Brickworks, Newcastle. Photo by Mark Cranston.

Photos by Chris Tilney.

Photo by Mark Cranston.

Photo by Judith Hales.

Photo by David Gardner.

Photo by Stephen Love.

William & Thomas Boardman

William & Thomas Boardman, Manchester Road, Ince in Makerfield, Lancs. Worrall's Wigan & District Directory 1881. Photo by David Kitching.


Bockenfield Tile Works, Felton, Northumberland. In 1877 R Fowler & Son were advertising bricks and tiles from this works in the Morpeth Herald. Photo and info by Mark Cranston.


In the second half of the 19th century the Boffin family were confectioners in Oxford and it looks as if they diversified into other businesses, particularly in the last quarter century. Alfred Boffin was the head of the family and he is noted in 1891 as confectioner, coal-merchant and timber-merchant. He was also involved in speculative building of houses in Oxford. Alfred's son seems to have been the one making bricks. I can find just one reference to this which is in Kelly's directory for 1890. Boffin, James, brick, pipe & tile maker & lime burner, Shotover, Headington Quarry. It would be logical for him to be supplying brick to his Father's developments and others in Oxford.

This brick was found in a house in Fairacres Rd,Oxford. Photo by Rachel Wheatley.

Bolckow, Vaughan & Co.

Found in Newburn, Northumberland by Frank Lawson.

Photo by courtesy of the Ian Stubbs collection.

Photos by Chris Tilney.

Photo by Chris Tilney.

Bolckow Vaughan. Auckland Park Colliery, Durham. Photo by Liz Robinson who found this at Byers Green, Durham.

Bolckow Vaughan, Byers Green Colliery. Photo by Chris Tilney.

Bolckow Vaughan, Leasingthorne Colliery. Photo by Chris Tilney.

Photo by David Fox.

Bolckow Vaughan, Newfield. Photos by Chris Tilney.

Photo by Sharon Stevens.

Photo by Rod Lavan, taken at Teesside Iron & Steel works.

Photo by Ian Stubbs.

Photo by Neville Akers.

Bolckow Vaughan, Witton Park. Photo by Sarah Fawcett.

Found in south west Durham by and again thought to be a product of Bolckow Vaughan at Witton Park. Photo by Sarah Fawcett.

Photo by Chris Tilney.

Photos by Nigel Dodds.

 Arthur Brickman adds: Bolckow, Vaughan & Co. were colliery owners/managers in South West Durham and operated a number of Brickyards in association with their mining interests.


Made at Boldon colliery, Tyne and Wear, thanks to George for the photo.

Found near Rotherham by Frank Lawson.

Photo by Chris Tilney.

Image by Ian Suddaby.


Let this be a lesson to insensitive management everywhere. These bricks were made by the men on the last shift before Ibstock’s Himley brickworks in Kingswinford closed in December 1999. The men responsible for this feat altered the numbers & letters normally stamped on these bricks to seek revenge on how they had been treated over the closure of the works and 30,000 of these bricks found their way to customers. Ibstock managed to retrieve some & then issued an apology letter to those customers who had used their bricks. It is reported that some of these bricks were exchanging hands for £5 each. The problem for the men was not being made redundant but rather that management told them that they had better ensure the last batches were good ones!

Bolsover Colliery

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.

Photo by Frank Lawson

Bricks at the site of Bolsover Colliery incorporated over the windows of many of the survivimg buildings including these from the pit Manager's house. The intertwined initials are those of the Bolsover Colliery Company. Photo by David Kitching.


Bolton Brick Co., Settle Street Brickworks, Great Lever, Bolton, Greater Manchester. Photo by Frank Lawson.

Photo by Jason Stott.

Photo by Henry Lisowski.

A Bolton & Co, Ipswich

A. Bolton & Co. are listed in Kelly's 1916 & 25 editions at Henley Road, Ipswich & this works was in operation until 1959. Originally the company of Bolton & Laughlin took over this works from the Rosher Brick & Tile Co. in 1901. Info & photo by Martyn Fretwell, courtesy of the Bill Richardson Collection. Also see Rosher & Bolton/Laughlin entries.

Edward Bolton

Edward Bolton, Barton Road, Cambridge is listed in Kellys 1888 to 1904 editions. Photo & Info by Martyn Fretwell.

Bolton & Partners Ld

The firm of Fawler Iron Ore Co Ltd (Bolton & PartnersLtd) began a considerable ironstone-mining, lime burning and brick-making business in the village of Charlbury in Oxfordshire in 1882 but closed down in 1890. Photo by Peter Daley.

Bolton on Dearne

Photos by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.

Photo by Martyn Fretwell

found in the Village of Woodlands near Doncaster by Dennis Canning.

Bolton Woods Brickworks

Found in Normanton, West Yorks by Frank Lawson.  Made at Bolton Woods Brickworks, Stanley Road, Bradford.

Bolton & Laughlin

Bolton & Laughlin operated the Dales Brickworks on Dales Road, Ipswich from 1901 to 1959. Kelly's 1912 edition records B & L at the Henley Road Brickworks, Ipswich. Originally this works was accessed off Henley Road as the road leading to the works had not been named, when it was it was named Dales Lane, then Dales Road later. Kelly's 1916 & 25 editions now list the company as A. Bolton & Co. Ltd. Dale Lane Brickworks, Henley Road, Ipswich. It appears from a web article that this works was always locally known as Bolton & Laughlin. The brickworks had originally opened in 1880 & is shown on a 1881 map. Rosher & Co. are listed as owning this works in Kelly's 1892, 96 & 1900 editions until B & L took over in 1901. Photos & Info by Martyn Fretwell.

Bon Lea

Bon Lea Brickworks, Bon Lea, Thornaby on Tees, North Yorks. This brick may have been made by Richardson Johnson & Co (later A Bainbridge) of North Yorkshire Ironworks, Thornaby who also owned a brickworks. Photo and info by Frank Lawson.

Bond, Birmingham

Both found at North Shropshire Recycling yard by Martyn Fretwell.  Martyn adds :-  

John Bond owned three brickworks, operating them only during the summer months & then being employed as a maltster & brewing beer during the winter months. His three works where on Watery Lane, Dark Lane & the one on Garrison Lane which he operated from 1867 to 1875 & was called the Globe Brickworks was then sold to a syndicate who formed the Globe Brick & Tile Co.

Photographed at Cawarden Reclamation Yard by Martyn Fretwell.

Info & Photo by Martyn Fretwell from the Chris Thornburn Collection.

Photo by Frank Lawson.

Bonds Main

Made at Bonds Main Colliery, a colliery village in the parish of Temple Normanton, Derbyshire. Photo by Frank Lawson.

W Bones

William Bones is listed in the 1881 census as a brickmaker living at Crook, County Durham, which is close to where this brick was found. Photos by Chris Tilney.

Henry Bonsor

Henry Bonsor in listed as brickmaker in South Kilworth, Rugby in Kelly's 1876, 1881 & 1891 editions. Photo & Info by Martyn Fretwell.

F W Boone, Wednesbury

Photo by Frank Lawson.

Found by Stanley Jones in Sandwell valley, West Bromwich

A Boorer

A Boorer, Crowhurst, near Oxted, Surrey. Photo by courtesy of the Richard Symonds collection.

G Boot, Sutton

History of the works can be found here. Photo by Martyn Fretwell.

Made at Sutton in Ashfield, photo by Simon Patterson.

William Booth

William Booth of the Salvation Army established a brickworks at Hadleigh near Southend in 1891. More can be read about this works in the Salvation Army Land Industrial Colony entry.  Info & Photo by Martyn Fretwell.

William David Boothman

Found near Mabgate in Leeds by John Pease.  William David Boothman is listed in White's Clothing District Directory of 1870 as (exors. of) Beckett Street & Potternewton, Leeds.  Info PRBCO.

Photo from a wall in Settle by Mike Chapman.

Bordesley Green

Made in Birmingham, photo by Alwyn Sparrow.

This works was originally owned by George Savage & after he had spend all his life savings keeping it running, it was put up for sale in 1884. The Bordesley Green Brick Co. took over the yard around 1895 & is first listed in Kelly's 1895 edition with Henry C. Davis as Managing Partner. The company produced bricks using the Hoffman type kiln built by Savage until 1902, after which houses where built & a park created on the brickworks site. Some bricks made by the company are stamped Charles Road & this was a new road built to access the works. Photo & Info by Martyn Fretwell.

Borough, Nelson

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.

Photo by courtesy of Colin Driver.

Photo by David Kitching.

Photo by Jason Stott.

Botany Bay Brick Works, Armley

Several of these bricks were found on the Wm Sutcliffe, Armley, Leeds site.  Found in Armley one would presume B B Brick Works, Armley.  There is an area of Armley called Botany Bay near the Leeds & Liverpool canal so a possible site of manufacture although I can find no such works listed in trade directories.  Info and image PRBCO.


 Found near Wigton by Ian Suddaby.  The Botcherby Brick and Tile Works was on the eastern edge of Carlisle. 

Photo by Graham Brooks.


The Botfield ironworks at Stirchley in Shropshire was expanded in 1838 to encompass the manufacture of bricks. Photo by Shellie Bradshaw.

Bourne Valley Pottery see Sharp & Jones


Photo by Frank Lawson.

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/

By 1896 Boulton & Co advertised their business from the Midland Brick and Tile Works, Port Vale. They were still operating in 1940 as Boulton & Co (Longport) Ltd., Midland & Port Vale Tileries, Longport.  Photo and info by David Kitching.

Photo by Martyn Fretwell.

Photo by Tim Lawton

Boulton Burnett

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. Photos and information by David Kitching.

Boulton & Platt

Daniel Platt first appears as working with Boulton and Burnett in the trade drectories in 1867 at Brownhills Colliery, Tunstall. Platt is likely to have formed part of Boulton & Co until he bought the Brownhills Works at Tunstall from Boulton in 1896. Photo by Christopher Dixon.

John Walker Bourne, Church Gresley

Joseph Walker Bourne is recorded as a Earthenware Manufacturer in Church Gresley, Parish of Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire at the time of his daughter Adelaide's birth in 1830. Pigot’s 1831 now lists Joseph Walker Bourne as a Fire Brick Maker in Church Gresley. At the time of his son’s birth, William England Bourne who was born in December 1832, Joseph is listed as a Fire Brick Maker in Church Gresley. It appears William did not follow in his father’s footsteps. Joseph is again listed as a Fire Brick Maker in Pigot’s 1835 edition at Church Gresley. Joseph Walker
Bourne died in the Parish of Ashby de la Zouch in June 1840. Photo by John Goodman & Info by Martyn Fretwell.

Bouthwater: see Southwater



Made in Bovey Tracey, near Newton Abbot in Devon. Photo by Pete Joyce.

Bovingdon Brick & Tile Co

Found on the Easton Neston estate, near Towcester by Nigel Furniss.  Made by Bovingdon Bricks in Hertfordshire. The works closed in 2016 when it ran out of clay.

Photo by Martyn Fretwell.

Photo by David Kitching.

Photo by Ian West.

Bowens, Stourbridge

Photo by Phil Jenkins.  See below for company details.

Photo by Martyn Fretwell.

Bowens Ltd, Successors, Stourbridge

Made by Clattershall Fire Clay & Brick Works, nr Stourbridge.  Photo and info by David Kitching.

Edward Bowens is listed in Kelly's 1868 to 1884 as producing fire bricks at Clattershall Colliery, Brierley Hill. The 1888 & 92 editions records Edward Bowens (exors of), Clattershall fireclay & brick works, Stourbridge. Then in the 1896 edition through to the 1940 edition the entry is Edward Bowens Limited, (Successors), Clattershall fireclay & brick works, Brettell Lane, Brierley Hill, Staffs. same as this brick. Info by Martyn Fretwell.


Believed to have been made at Coxlodge Colliery (Bower Pit) in Northumberland between 1858 - 1870 when in the ownership of Joshua Bower. Photos and info by Chris Tilney.

William & Henry Bower

This brick is likely to have been produced by William and Henry Bower who were proprietors of a number of businesses in the Drighlington/Adwalton area between Leeds & Bradford. William Bower & Brothers is listed as owning Adwalton Moor Colliery between 1853 and 1879. W & H Bower appear as brick manufacturers at Drighlington in the 1857 Post Office Directory for the West Riding of Yorkshire. Photo by Paul Higson.

Bowers & Roberts

Bowers & Roberts are listed only in 1873-74 at Greengates, Tunstall. The brickworks seems to have been situated on the opposite side of Furlong Road to the Greengates Pottery and in 1869-70 was in  the hands of Jno Meir who was also owner of the pottery. By 1875-76 Anthony Roberts was the proprietor, followed by Charles Salt in 1879 and William Adams & Co from 1892.  Photo and info by David Kitching.

Bowling Iron, Bradford

Listed as operating at Rook Lane, Bradford 1900 and Rook Lane and Bowling Back Lane, 
Bradford, 1904 / 1912/ 1917. Image PRBCO.

Found in an old mill off Tong Street in Bradford by Mark Harriman.

Photo by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.

Photo by Frank Lawson.

Bowman, Ripley

Henry Bowman of Marehay, Ripley is recorded in Kelly's Directory 1881 - 1904. Info by Martyn Fretwell, photo by Frank Lawson.

William Boyce

William Boyce, Newchurch, Sandown Isle Of Wight. Kelly's Directory 1889 & 1895.

J & C Boyle

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.

Found in the Osmondthorpe Lane area of Leeds by David Soulsby.

Found in Leeds.

Photo by Chris Shaw.

E Boylin, Selly Oak

Eleanor Boylin, Selly Oak, Birmingham.  Post Office Worcestershire Directory 1876.  Photo and info by Frank Lawson.

Boys Walsall

Henry Boys, Waterloo Colliery & Brickworks. Henry Boys produced bricks at three different works from 1868 until 1908. He passed control to his nephew Thomas in 1887 and it is probable that he created the Limited Company at that time. The H Boys Ld brick was therefore made after 1887 and could have been made at either the James Bridge or Dark Lane works. Martyn Fretwell has more information on Boys at https://uknamedbricks.blogspot.com/2015/06/henry-boys-brickmaker-walsall.html. Photos and info by Ray Martin.

Boythorpe - see Ludlam

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