At the brick works in 1928

Market Lavington brick works was still in operation in 1928 and here we see a picture taken across the clay pits towards the buildings.

A view of the brick works in 1928

A view of the brick works in 1928

Running diagonally across the picture we can see the little railway, used for manhandling trucks of clay between the pit and the works.

Towards the left side of the picture we can see the brick master’s house, now called Mowbray House. It has distinctive chimneys. The second set of three are hidden behind a tree.

To the right is the extensive range of buildings a brickworks needed. So many tasks were involved, preparing clay, forming bricks and allowing nature to dry them out, firing them and cooling them. No wonder such a space was needed. Surviving buildings are now used by ATAC making chemical analysing equipment.

The clay pits were filled with refuse, levelled and various businesses now operate in that area. This is best seen in an aerial view. It just isn’t seen from Broadway, the road past the brickworks.

An aerial view of the old brick works site

An aerial view of the old brick works site

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2 Responses to “At the brick works in 1928”

  1. Jim Spencer Says:

    When it was Sysco Analytics and before Gaugers and others arrives you could walk across the rough land covering the landfill and see methane bubbling up quite violently in puddles. Presumably it is still escaping!!

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