A Kerry firebrick, possibly from the same works as White - Kerry. Found in Corrientes province, Argentina by Cris Pasquali.
This is presumably from the brickworks of John Lancaster, Nantyglo, Blaenavon. Thanks to Norman Lowe for the photo and information.
Photo by Richard Clarke.
Photo by David Hernon.
Possibly the most prolific of the Eastern Valley brick works, Little Mill Brick Co which operated at Little Mill, Pontypool, possibly as a successor to J Burgoyne. The company is first listed in the 1922 Kelly's and it operated until the 1980s. Today, the site is the Little Mill Go Kart Track. Thanks to Lawrence Skuse for the info.
Photos by Richard Paterson.
Ian Giblett found this one in his Cardiff garden.
Photo from the Lawrence Skuse collection.
Made by Llangennech Brick & Tile, 5Km ENE of Llanelli, info and image PRBCO
Thanks to 'Brotherglyn' for this South Wales example.
Thanks to Richard Paterson for the contributions. Machen Brick Co Ltd & Machen Brick, Stone, Lime and Coal Co - there were two brickworks in Machen, a village between Newport and Caerphilly.
A product of the Cardiff Brick Company. Info by Phil Jenkins, photo by Anthony Akhurst.
These two were found by Richard Paterson set into the gate pillars of a house at Melincourt. I believe them to be the opposite sides of two identical bricks, as Melincourt and Resolven are adjacent villages and the address of the company is shown in late 19th Century editions of Kelly's as Melincourt Brickworks, Resolven, Neath.
Mountain Ash Brickworks, Cynon Valley, Mid Glamorgan. Photo by Bob.
Coed-Ely Colliery was north of Llantrisant in South Wales.
The pit was sunk in 1901 and by
1919 employed a total of 1700 miners. It closed in 1985.
Photos by Richard Paterson
The Onllwyn Colliery was part of a complex of drift mines working the anthracite seams above the Vale of Neath until about 1964. Note that the letters 'NCB' have been reversed, Photo and info by Richard Paterson.
Found at the site of Carmarthen Bay Power Station by Hugh Owen.
Spotted on Forestry Commission land near Treforgan by Martyn Fretwell.
Photo by Richard Paterson.
From Tredegar , in the Sirhowy Valley, not far from Ebbw Vale. Photo and info by Richard Paterson.
Bryn brickworks, Port Talbot. Photo by Claire Adams.
The village of Rudry lies a few miles from Caerphilly. It is hard to believe that this tranquil, rural setting was once the scene of intensive industry, with a tinplate works and the brickworks of Messrs Nicholas & Johnson. Horses now graze in the paddock where the brickworks once stood.
Oak Brick Works at Pontnewynydd, near Pontypool, which was associated with the Oak Colliery and probably closed in the mid-1930s, photo and info by Richard Paterson. Adam Greenland writes: I have found an old reference to my Great Grandfather John Maybury who is listed in Who's Who In Newport in the 1920s. It states that he was owner of a number of businesses in the Newport area, including amongst others, Maybury & Co Builders Merchants, Newport Adamant Plaster and Keene's Cement Co est. 1905. He was also the sole proprietor of the Penrhiwfelin Colliery and Pennant Stone Quarry, both at Hengoed and Chairman of the Oak Brick Company, ltd, Pontypool. His business address was Great Western Building Yard, 77, 78 and 81 Dock Street Newport. He obviously retailed the bricks through his business in Newport.
Photos by Richard Paterson.
Photographed at Corris by Martyn Fretwell.
Photo by Phil Jenkins from Wayne Roberts.
Made by the Glamorgan Brick Co in Pentyrch under the previous owner Evan Owens & Co, found today in Pontypridd, Mid-Glam. Photo and info by Phil Jenkins.
The history of Henry Parfitt's brickworks in Cwmbran has been described by Lawrence Skuse - see this website. Photos by Richard Paterson.
Penlan Brickworks was owned by Samuel Jones and Sons as 'Jones. S & Sons (Dunvant) Ltd and 'Penlan Brickworks (Dunvant) Ltd. The 'S&S Dunvant' may be a mis-spelling of 'S J & S' or may be deliberate but is likely to be from Penlan. The works was open from c1895 to at least 1948 and Penlan Brick Works (Dunvant) Ltd is still listed in 1952. Photo by Richard Paterson, info from Phil Jenkins' website http://www.industrialgwent.co.uk/g41-westglam/index.htm#swansea.
This isn't a conventional clay brick but is made out of granite
dust and chippings,
a quarry by-product. Photo by Alex Betteney.
A product of the Penwyllt Dinas Silica Brick co. from the upper Swansea valley. Thanks to Jonathan for this one. Unusually the name is on the side of the brick.
Pontyclerc Brickworks, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire. Pont-y-clerc Brickworks, Pantyffynnon was opened around 1835 and owned by John Lloyd c1860 but he was bankrupt by 1871. It became the Pontyclerc Fire Brick Works & Anthracite Coal Co but they failed too and the works was auctioned in 1885. John and Joshua Lloyd took over in 1886, a different John Lloyd I assume, under a number of different company names. Finally the colliery became part of Amalgamated Anthracite Ltd and closed in 1934. The brickworks is shown on the 1938 map but marked 'disused' by 1948. I believe the 'P C' stands for 'Pontyclerc Colliery' which owned the brickworks. Both types of brick were found together near Ammanford. Photos by Richard Evans, info by Phil Jenkins.
Photo by Frank Lawson, taken at the Sloop Inn, Porthgain.
A TIDY brick made at Porth Wen brickworks near Amlwch in
Read the story of Porth Wen on my website.
The Risca Coal and Iron Co was owned by John Russell, registered in 1854, and sank the Blackvein Colliery which became notorious for heavy concentrations of firedamp. On 1st December 1860, a disastrous explosion claimed the lives of 146 men and boys. The company was wound up the following year, but the associated brickworks may have continued for a little longer, having been listed in Morris's Directory in 1862 as 'firebrick makers' under the management of Thomas Philpotts. Photo and information by Richard Paterson.
Photo by Phil Jenkins
Found at Cwmbyr Isaf, Risca. The owner of Waunfawr Brickworks was John Russell in 1836. Russell founded the Risca Coal and Iron Co in 1847 so this brick is probably c1840!
Photos and info by Phil Jenkins.
It is known that this brickworks was operating and supplying bricks in the 1890s, and a wall at Big Pit, Blaenavon has a St Julian's brick in it. Kelly's for 1881 has an entry for 'G Howard, St Julian's, Christchurch, Newport' which may be connected. Kelly's of 1895 has 'St Julian's Brick & Tile Co, Newport. The last entry held is in Kelly's for 1926. Thanks to Lawrence Skuse.
Photo by Richard Paterson.
Photo by Brotherglyn
The Seiont brickworks was established c 1850 and was being operated by William Hayward in 1874. Bought by John Summers & Sons Ltd, Shotton it traded as the Castle Brick Co. Ltd until purchased by Hanson in 1972. This was the last brickworks in Caernarvon and finally closed in 2008. Info and photo by David Kitching.
Found in Pembrokeshire. I believe it was made at Porthgain.
Produced by the colliery company of the same name, closed in
Photos by Richard Paterson. Made at the Danygraig works, S J is Southwood Jones - refer to the entry for Graigddu.
A former employee of the Star Brick & Tile Co on Llantarnam Road in the 1970s has stated that Star Brick & Tile had factories in Ponthir (the Head Office), Malpas, Allt Yr Yn in Newport, Risca and Morriston, Swansea. Kelly's of 1881 lists 'The Star Brick and Tile Co Ltd, Llanvihangel-Llantarnam' (on Llantarnam Road, Cwmbran); in 1937 Kelly's lists 'Star Brick & Tile Co Ltd, Llantarnam Road, Cwmbran; Caerleon, Newport; and Risca, Newport'. The DOQ 1941-42 lists 'Star Brick & Tile Co Ltd', in the DOQ 1957-58 there is an entry 'Star Brick & Tile Co Ltd; works: Penrhos works, Caerleon; Malpas Road, Newport; Altyryn, Newport; Waunvawr Works, Risca, Llantarnam Works'. The DOQ for 1973 is the last entry for the Star Brick & Tile Co, although 'National Star Ltd Newport' continues to be mentioned up until the IDWM for 1978, its last entry. Towards the end of the group in the 1970s, bricks were being produced with the generic die "National Star Newport" and small letters to the lower left or right of the stamp to indicate the works of origin. It is believed that the letter "G" denoted bricks from the former Graig Morriston works, "RC" for Risca (Waunfawr), "L" for Llantarnam (Cwmbran), "C" for Caerleon (Ponthir) which also became the group's HQ at the present day Star Trading Estate. Thanks to Lawrence Skuse for the information.
Spotted at the Big Pit museum in Blaenavon. Made in Llantarnam Road, Cwmbran, Monmouthshire. The company was in business until 1973.
Photo by Guy Morgan.
Photo by John Harrison.
Found by Frank Lawson by the Tame Valley Canal, Perry Barr, Birmingham
Thanks to Richard Paterson for the photos, made at the Ponthir works.
An early example from the Star Brick Co, almost certainly from the Allt-yr-Yn works, thanks to Richard Paterson.
An example made at RC (Risca). Photo by Trevor Platt whose house in Banstead, Surrey is made from these bricks.
Photos by Richard Paterson
Found in Edinburgh, photo by Mark Cranston.
J & W Stone, Blaina brickworks, Blaina, Monmouthshire. The Stone brothers acquired the North Blaina Colliery in 1883 and will have produced this at the brickworks nearby.Photo and info by David Hernon.
Found in Upper Cwmbran, Torfaen on the site of the former brickworks, originally opened as the Stourbridge Fireclay Co in 1837/8. The brick works was first opened here to exploit the fireclay found when the nearby Porthmawr Adit or 'Clay Level' was opened in 1837. Since this clay was considered to be equal to the renowned Stourbridge fireclay, this works was founded as the Stourbridge Fireclay Co by a Mr Ebenezer Rogers, and the first foreman was brought in from Stourbridge. The output was 110,000 firebricks per week. By 1854 the Stourbridge Co. no longer had an interest in the works. Photo and info by Lawrence Skuse.
Photo by Phil Jenkins.
Photographed at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.
Swansea Brickwork's operated in Swansea between 1921 - 1957 when it was demolished. The Morriston South Industrial Estate now sits on the former brickworks site. Info by David Wood.