This is presumably from the brickworks of John Lancaster,
Nantyglo, Blaenavon. Thanks to Norman Lowe for the photo and
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.
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.
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,
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.
From Tredegar , in the Sirhowy Valley, not far from Ebbw Vale. Photo and info by Richard Paterson.
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 Mark Cranston.
H. Parfitt, Cwmbran
The history of Henry Parfitt's brickworks in Cwmbran has been described by Lawrence Skuse - see this website. Photos by Richard Paterson.
This isn't a conventional clay brick but is made out of granite
dust and chippings,
a quarry by-product.
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.
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.
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 by David
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 Darrell Prest
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
Both bricks seem to say 'Stignic' and were found by Vivian Summers in Kidwelly where they were made. Kidwelly Brick Works to the north of Kidwelly station was opened c.1858 by William Edwards of Swansea. This site ceased operation in c.1903. A new works was built to the south of of the railway station by Alderman Daniel Stephens which opened in 1903. Stephens worked silica from Mynydd y Garreg and this was brought into the works via train. Up to 1927 the firm was known as Stephens & Co, but later as Stephens Silica Brick Co Ltd. The works closed in 1965.
Vivian writes: By coincidence I have been looking at a local book today about Kidwelly History and in one section about Shipping it relates to vessels loading fire bricks in the 1880s. In August 1885 a 77 ton schooner, "Lindal Moor", sailing from Kidwelly to Workington, loaded with bricks, was beached in the river estuary with a large hole in the bottom. Nothing is mentioned about what happened to the bricks. "Quite a few vessels were loading bricks at this time, at least one or two foreign destinations, such as Hamburg". There is evidence of one ship, the "Paul Of Hamburg", wrecked in the same stretch of river many years ago. It's little wonder that the brickworks closed and the shipping finished in Kidwelly.
Brian Williams adds: Stephens of Kidwelly were specialist manufacturers of refractory bricks, and were still in business in the 1960s. They used silica quarried at various locations on Mynydd-y-Garreg, and the stone was brought by the Gwendraeth Valley Railway to the brickworks.I did some fieldwork on both the qurries and the railway for my A-levels.
One of several in the wall of an old outbuilding at Ochrwyth, Pontymister. Photo by Richard Clarke
Found in Edinburgh, photo by Mark Cranston.
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