Alva Brick and Tile works, Alva, Clackmannanshire. 08/04/1865 – Alloa Advertiser – To Brick Makers – Wanted , a good brick maker of good character and sober habits. A weekly wage and an engagement for the season may be entered into. Apply at the Alva Brick and Tile Work, Mr William Robertson, Proprietor. 06/06/1874 –…
Photographed by Andrew Wood.
This is not in my possession.
Stamped ALVA to the front.
Stamped Clayton & Cos Patent to the rear.
I do not believe Clayton & Cos is the tile manufacturer. I believe this is the name of the company that made the tile / brick making machine – Henry Clayton, Son and Howlett of Atlas Works, Harrow Road, London.
There are many examples of brick stamped Clayton & co on one side and the brick manufacturer on the other. I believe this was a marketing ploy either by Henry Clayton themselves to promote their machines or by the brickmakers who were keen to let the world know that their bricks were made on a Clayton machine and thus perhaps of a better quality to other bricks.
The manufacturer is unknown but most definitely Scottish.
1867 – WILLIAM ROBERTSON – Brick and Tile Maker, Alva, Dollar
1878 – J & D PHILP – Brick & Tile Makers, Alva Brickworks, Alva, Clackmannanshire
1886 – JOHN PHILP – Brick and Tile Maker, Alva Works, Alva, Clackmannanshire
1903 – ANDREW HARLEY – Brickmaker, Colbrook Place, Alva. RSO Clackmannanshire
However it could just as easily have been manufactured by David Gillespie, Brick, Tile and Fire Clay Works, Clackmannan.
So which brickworks operated a Henry Clayton brick making machine?