The old clay pit

Many people, these days, will not realise that Market Lavington once had a brick works. Actually, buildings still survive from the old works and still find industrial and residential use down at Broadway. But the pit where clay was dug has vanished entirely, filled with refuse and then surfaced. If you know where Mike Garbutt keeps his lorries you have about the right place.

This was the scene after the brick works closed.

The old clay pit at Broadway, Market Lavington

The old clay pit at Broadway, Market Lavington

It looks like a peaceful, rural lake and is quite substantial in size. This was where clay was dug to make Lavington bricks.

In the background we can see the brick master’s house, built by William Box.

The brick master's house. It still stands

The brick master’s house. It still stands

And next to that the high roof behind the sheds still exists as well.

Former brick works buildings

Former brick works buildings

The photo dates from the 1950s

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