The Brickworks in 1948

This photo is said to have been taken soon after the brickworks closed in 1948. There is some dispute about when production actually stopped. There is evidence that it was closed by government decree near the start of World War Two but perhaps the winding up of the company took place after the war ended. People in their 80s remember it in operation. One such lady recalls being allowed to operate the wire cutters that produced brick shapes from the clay.

This photo is definitely a reminder of times long gone for our older residents.

Market Lavington brickworks in 1948

Market Lavington brickworks in 1948

This must have been taken from somewhere slightly to the west of the old brickworks and it shows the brickmaster’s house, roughly in the centre.

 

The brickmaster's house still stands and is occupied

The brickmaster’s house still stands and is occupied

Further to the left there is a chimney which reminds us that the brick company occupied both sides of the road at Broadway.

 

There's no sign of any brickworks across the road now but in 1948 a chimney was there.

There’s no sign of any brickworks across the road now but in 1948 a chimney was there.

All remnants of the old brickyard are now on the southern side of the road.

One of those ‘remnants’ is the main brickworks building which still exists as a part of the ATAC analyser business.

The main brickworks building is now occupied by the ATAC company

The main brickworks building is now occupied by the ATAC company

Brick making may have gone but it is good to report that industry still flourishes in the Broadway area of the parish.

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