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Any information you can give on these bricks would be appreciated


N



Possibly made at an Estate brickworks owned by the 5th Marquess of Northampton. Info & Photo by Martyn Fretwell courtesy of the Bill Richardson Collection at Southwick Hall.

N C or S N?





Part of a large batch found at a recycling centre by Nigel Furniss.  The location of the dots on the blue brick seem to indicate S N but N S is also possible.

N S4



Photographed at Royal Arsenal, Woolwich by Marcin Guzek.

O B



Found at Prendergast, Haverfordwest by David Redd. 


O & L



Found in the remains of the Cardigan brick works, Leeds by Mike Green. 

OHO

Found on the bank of the River Thames by Germander Speedwell


P & B



This brick was found at Buckle lane/Wakefield Road, Normanton, West Yorkshire.  Image PRBCO.

P B C



Photo by Darren Heywood.


P B T C



Found in Essex by Christopher Smith.


P & S



Possibly Parkinson & Spencer Ltd who still operate from Ambler Thorn Fireclay Works in Holmfield near Halifax.  Photo and info by Alan Davies.

P. C.

Found in Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire.


P L



Found in West Bromwich by William Whitehead.

P & O



Found by Peter Hughes in  Baildon, West Yorkshire.

Parkers Patent



Found by Gary Davies at Acrefair, near Wrexham.

Philadelphia



Found by Mark Cranston by the Firth of Forth, County Durham or U S A?

Pyman

Photo taken by Gary Scurr at the remains of an old lead smelt mill in Frosterley, County Durham.


P S B



Found around the Hayling Island / Langstone Harbour shoreline in Hampshire by Tony Russell.

P. S. S.

Found near Weardale, County Durham.



Found at Seaton Ross, East Yorkshire by Carla van Beveren.

P W Brick



Photo by Martyn Fretwell courtesy of the John Baylis Collection.

R



Spotted on a farm near Tamworth by Mike Shaw.

R



Seen at the Museum of East Anglian Life by Martyn Fretwell.

R. A.



Found in Riccall, North Yorks by Ian Prest.

R. E. (A)



Found near the village of Wales, Rotherham.  Photo by Frank Lawson.

Rd No 416792



A yellow paving brick found at English Salvage Reclamation by Martyn Fretwell.

R H I & C Co.



This brick was found by the River Ancholme neat Horkstow North LIncolnshire. Lettering suggests  Robert Heath Iron & Coal Co., but it was found a long way from Biddulph. Can anyone from Scunthorpe suggest a more local Company? Image PRBCO.

R M

Photographed at the Museum of East Anglian Life by Martyn Fretwell.


R. P. C.

Photo by Simon Patterson


R S & W E Entwistle



Photo by courtesy of the Colin Driver collection. Colin writes: Found on Turton Moor. I'm completely in the dark with this one.I'm presuming Entwisle is the place name rather than a surname,as it's only a couple of miles away.
Any further info would be very welcome.

R V S



Photo by courtesy of the Colin Driver collection.

R & W



Found by the River Wharfe, not far from the village of Ryther, North Yorkshire, by Carla van Beveren.

R Y K



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

S



Photo by Sue Wright.

S (with crown)



Photo by Nigel Furniss, who thinks it could be Sheffield.

S 2 W



Found around the Hayling Island / Langstone Harbour shoreline in Hampshire by Tony Russell.

S B B Co Ltd, Willenhall



Could have been made by the Standard Brick Co., Willenhall as it's the nearest match that I can find. It's the second B that is baffling me, so it could stand for the Standard Blue Brick Co. Ltd. Willenhall ? The name of Staffordshire Blue Brick Co. Willenhall also fits, but did the Staffordshire Red & Blue Brick Works in Pensnett (on the S page & in Kellys 1900 edition) have a second works at Willenhall ? Please contact Dave if you have the answer. Photo by Martyn Fretwell.

S B L C



S B & S


Found by Nigel Furniss at Cawarden Brick & Tile Co, Rugeley.


S C



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

S. C. Co



Photo by Martyn Fretwell courtesy of the John Baylis Collection in Birmingham.


SLW

Found embedded into a garden path in the village of Overseal in South Derbyshire.
Possibly produced at Wemyss Brick Co. Works, Methill, Fife. Photo by Iain Hambling.


Staffordshire

Found by Vladimir Smirnov in St. Petersburg.  Frank Lawson adds:  Possibly: Staffordshire Terra Cotta & Fire Brick Co., Wimblebury, Hednesford, Staffs.   Kelly's Staffordshire Directory 1904.


Symbol brick



Embossed keyhole design, photo by Richard Symonds.

T



Found at Wharton Hall Colliery shaft, Little Hulton, Lancashire. The T may stand for Tynesbank near Walkden. The brick is slightly larger than standard bricks in all it's dimensions.  Photo and info by Alan Davies.

T



Photographed at the Museum of East Anglian Life by Martyn Fretwell.

T A & Co.

Found by Vladimir Smirnov in St. Petersburg.


T B



Photo by Mark Cranston.

T B C

Photo by courtesy of the Colin Driver collection.


T C



Found near Hurst Castle by Nigel Furniss.

T K



Found in Knottingley by Tim Lawton.

T L



Photographed at Four Oaks Reclamation Yard by Martyn Fretwell.

T L - H C P



Photo taken at Bursledon Brick Museum by Martyn Fretwell.

T N



Found in an agricultural stable block, built in 1888, in Great Hormead, Buntingford, Herts by James Wild. 

T R T



 Found North Lincs. 2017. Photo by Frank Lawson. Origin not known.

T W & Co.



Found in a derelict limekiln at Garrigill, Alston, Cumbria by David Kitching.

Thofall



This one took a bit of deciphering but a bit of tinkering in Photoshop revealed the lettering. The brick is in John Baylis's collection in Birmingham, so could have been made in Walsall or West Bromwich. Photo by Martyn Fretwell.


Tickle



Found in Maryport, Cumbria by Mark Cranston.

Tree Design

This intriguing brick was found in Somerset by Brian Murless.


U. L & B. Co Ld

This came from demolition rubble brought from Manchester and has the feel of a Manchester area brick. The L & B. Co Ld must surely stand for Lime & Brick Co Ltd. That leaves the mystery of what the U is for.


V E 11



Found in Baildon, West Yorkshire by Peter Hughes, quite probably a modern brick.


VIII



Found in the old kiln wall at Woburn Sands by Nigel Furniss.

W



A white glazed W brick seen in Kettering by Dave Clemo.

W & Co.



Found at the side of The Great North Road, Woodlands near Doncaster by Dennis Canning.


W B



Found in Scarborough by Nigel Megson.

W & B



Photo by courtesy of the Richard Symonds collection.

W & B M



 Found on land adjacent to the Southborough Viaduct, which was built by the South Eastern Railway in 1845, by Richard Stewart.

W. B. C.



Photo by Ray Martin.



I have found three companies which may have made WBC bricks. They are the Walsall Brick Co. Green Lane, Walsall, Kelly's 1900 edition - Willenhall B.Co, Noose Lane, Willenhall, Kelly's 1928 edition - Wednesfield B.Co. Church St, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, Kelly's 1928 edition. Info & Photographed at Four Oaks Reclamation Yard by Martyn Fretwell.

WB M



Found in Barrow in Furness by Richard Cornish.

W B Y



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

W C



Found on the beach at Walton On The Naze, Essex by Stuart Whenmouth.  Obviously been there for a long time!


W F



Photographed at Romsey Reclamation Yard by Martyn Fretwell.

Wt Hr?



Photo taken in Middlesbrough by Simon Hunter.

W J



Martyn Fretwell writes: With this brick being photographed at Cawarden Reclamation Yard, Rugeley, could it have been made by William Jones, Rumer Hill Tileries, Cannock. Kelly's 1872 to 1900 editions?

W L N



Found Macclesfield, Cheshire 2016. Origin not known. Photo by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.

W P M



This W.P.M. brick came from a wharf cottage situated on the Cromford Canal near Lower Hartshay Wharf near Ripley which I was doing an excavation on. The majority of the bricks in this cottage were these stamped W.P.M bricks & I date it's construction to the 1860's, but I have been unable to find the maker. Photo & Info by Gerwyn Richards.

W S



Photographed at the Black Country Living Museum by Martyn Fretwell.

X

Thanks to Darren Haywood for the photo.  Ron Young is pretty certain that this is a product of the Clay Cross Company


XII

Found in Glastonbury by John Biggs.


X Y Z



Found at Renishaw, Derbyshire by Michael Hardy. One of several forming a plinth on which a statue is set in the grounds of Renishaw Hall.





Front and back of an XYZ brick, found near Chesterfield by Dave Penney.

XX



Photo by Colin Wooldridge from the John Cooksey Collection.

Y



Fiirebrick found in Barrow in Furness by Richard Cornish.

Y L



Found by Alan Davies in Lancashire.
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