Aldersyde Brickworks, Cleland, North Lanarkshire

Aldersyde Brickworks, Cleland, North Lanarkshire.

07/06/1957 – Wishaw Press – Reference to employees of the Aldersyde Brickworks on their annual outing.

Below – 1958 – This may be the site of the Aldersyde Brickworks. (23/09/1977 – Wishaw Press – About 150 new jobs are to be created in the Wishaw area in development at two derelict sites … Motherwell Bridge Engineering Ltd were given the go-ahead for the change of use of Aldersyde Brickworks in Biggar Road for the storage and maintenance of engineering equipment … Motherwell Bridge intends to demolish all existing structures and kilns at Aldersyde. The depot will be used to service and repair mechanical plant … )(Note – SBH – I believe that Motherwell Bridge Engineering Ltd was located as shown on the map below therefore this may well be the site of the Aldersyde Brickworks).

20/10/1967 – Wishaw Press – Maintenance fitter required for Aldersyde Brickworks, Cleland. Good wages and conditions. Apply Auchinlea Quarries and Brickworks Ltd, Cleland.

29/12/1967 – Wishaw Press – Several brass bushes were stolen by thieves who broke into Aldersyde Brickworks in Biggar Road.

01/03/1968 – Wishaw Press – A works fatality. Andrew Stevenson (43), of Burnside Road, Newarthill died in Law hospital on Friday shortly after he was struck by a falling girder at Aldersyde Brickworks.

Below – 29/03/1968 – Wishaw Press – Aldersyde Brickworks advert. Brick setters and electric truck drivers.

Below – 29/08/1969 – Wishaw Press – Aldersyde Brickworks advert.

15/06/1973 – Wishaw Press – Auchinlea Quarries and Brickworks, Cleland, have been taken over by Britains largest maker of facing bricks. The new owners are Butterley Building Materials of Ripley, Derbyshire who operate 15 sites in various parts of England. The deal follows the decision of the owner Mr A.C. Leggat to retire. A statement issued by Mr Leggat has assured the 140 workers at Auchinlea and Aldersyde of continuity of employment with the new owners who intend to operate the firm as Auchinlea Brick Company. Falkirk born Mr J. T. S Corbett, chairman and managing director of Butterley, hopes for further expansion in the Scottish market where they already “export” from Midlands sources from 10 million to 15 million bricks a year. Butterley Building Materials are part of the London based Hanson Trust whose interests range widely from farm services, colour printing and property development as well as brick making. Mr Leggat became manager of the firm when his father took it over in 1931. He succeeded his father as the owner on the latters death in 1948. A function attended by Auchinlea employees was held in the Cleland Miners Welfare on Monday night to mark Mr Leggat’s retiral. Miss Isobel Penrice, Mr Leggat’s secretary presented him with a silver salver from the employees. Mr Leggat suitably replied and thanked everyone for their co-operation over the years. A bouquet was presented to Mrs Leggat by Miss M. Penn. Tributes were paid to Mr Leggat by the County Councillor, Mrs Mary Rodger and John Reilly, head electrician. The chairman was Mr Richard A. Standring, general manager. Music was supplied by The Puppets.

Below – 17/10/1975 – Wishaw Press – Aldersyde Brickworks advert. Auchinlea Brick Company.

Below – 07/11/1975 – Wishaw Press – Aldersyde Brickworks advert. Auchinlea Brick Company.

Below – 05/03/1976 – Wishaw Press – Aldersyde Brickworks advert. Auchinlea Brick Company.

25/02/1977 – Wishaw Press – Brickworks to close. Auchinlea Brick Company’s works at Aldersyde, Cleland, will close within the next two months. Already more than 50 workers have been paid off. Four are remaining until the company’s stock of one million bricks is sold. The closure is a result of heavy losses by the company for three years despite capital investment. At its peak, Auchinlea, which is part of Butterley Building Materials Ltd., of Derbyshire, produced 250,000 bricks a week.


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