A Brick from Devizes

Market Lavington had its own brickworks but that didn’t mean bricks weren’t imported from elsewhere. At the museum we have several bricks made outside the parish. This one is stamped with the name of Mullings of Devizes.


We know that in the latter part of the nineteenth century a Richard Mullings owned the Caen Hill brickworks in Devizes. We believe the deposit of suitable clay had been identified when the Kennet and Avon Canal was dug – and very useful it proved to the canal company. Some two million bricks were supplied, from this brickworks to line Bruce Tunnel. That’s a colossal number. If the works was able to turn out one brick every second, continuously, you’d be in the 24th day before getting two million bricks.

Now Mullings from Devizes moved out to Market Lavington, and before that Easterton. These were basket makers, involved in a slow, gentle country craft. But we do wonder if our Mullings family had anything to do with Richard the brickmaker of Devizes.

Maybe somebody out there could let us know.

Meanwhile, we can enjoy this brick, with its neatly made octagonal frog with a flat bottom.

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2 Responses to “A Brick from Devizes”

  1. Sandra Freeman Says:


    I’ve been receiving and enjoying your daily posts. My family is originally from Devizes and my great grandfather Frederick Giles along with his sons, my grandfather included, Herbert Frederick Giles ran the Devizes brickworks, by census records that I know for sure, 1901-1911. My grandparents also ran the Olive Branch which was on Caen Hill right near the brick works and my mom lived there as well. My mom past away recently, my parents moved to the states in 1961 leaving behind a lot of family,but they often returned and my mother always considered Devizes home. My Dad was a child living in Bath during the Blitz.

    I often look for information about the brickworks, have read it’s history about the locks but have never found much when my family ran it. Do you have any bricks from that time? or pottery? Back then it was the Devizes Brick and tile company. I’ll send you photos and I welcome you to share them or keep in your records. (photos to follow)

    Kind Regards, Sandra Freeman

    Cape Neddick, Maine USA

    Sent from my iPad

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