Adams Pict Firebrick Co Ltd, Scotswood on Tyne, Newcastle

(Note – SBH – I have added the Scottish tag here as although the bricks themselves were manufactured in Northumbria, the clay was mined in Scotland.)

During the First World War, (c1916) Adamsez Ltd, sanitary ware manufacturers, of Scotswood, Newcastle, diversified into the manufacture of firebricks under the name, Scotswood Furnace Company. It was operated as a subsidiary to W C Gibson and Co Ltd. When G H Ramsay and Co were taken over by Adamsez Ltd in 1923, refractory brick manufacture was moved to their premises at Swalwell. The business was then separated from W C Gibson and Co Ltd and became Adams Pict Firebrick Co Ltd.



Link – Letters to Adamsez concerning the Company’s search for a new source of fireclay, and analyses of samples of Ayrshire aluminous clays
Minute of Agreement between Gavin Fullarton James of Kerelaw, Ayrshire and M J Adams on behalf of Adamsez Ltd, for a lease of the fireclay under the Kerelaw estate, for 25 years, including plan  DS/ADZ/47  24 May 1918.
23/01/1930 – Kilmarnock Herald – Reference to the employees of ‘Adams Fireclay Mines, Saltcoats’ donating monies to the Kilmarnock Infirmary. (£2 12s).

c. 1930 – c 1959 – Adam Pict Fireclay Company  – Border Quarry, Saltcoats – This company was based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  The quarry at Border Farm, Saltcoats worked a seam of bauxitic clays and was started in the 1930s. It continued after the 1939 – 1945 war, closing about 1959. – Source Kenneth Sanderson. The Scottish Refractory Industry. (Note – SBH – It is highly likely their bauxitic clay was sourced from the Ayrshire Bauxitic Clay Company).

10/05/1932 – Invoice – Adams ‘Pict’ Firebrick Co Ltd. Principal M J Adams. Firebrick works Swalwell on Tyne. Mineral areas – Scotswood on Tyne and Ayrshire NB.  Registered office Scotswood on Tyne. London Office – 23 Old Queen Street, Westminster. Telegrams – Sanifera.

1938 – Adams Pict Firebrick Co Ltd, Scotswood on Tyne; Mine name – Pict (Fire clay); Situation – Saltcoats; Manager – George Newlands; 2 employees below ground and 2 above ground.

1951 – Adams Pict Firebrick Co Ltd  Head Office: Scotswood, Newcastle Upon Tyne. T.A., “Sanifera, Newcastle-upon-Tyne”. T.N., Lemington 74185/7 (3 lines). Works: Swalwell, Co. Durham. T .N., Newcastle 87269. London Office: 54 Victoria Street, S.W.1. T.A., “Sanifera, Sowest, London”. T.N., Victoria 2172/3. Established in 1918.
Highly aluminous refractory firebricks, fire blocks and refractory cements. Trade Name: Pict.Managing Director: A. H. Adams. Secretary: F. Dale.


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