Alva Brick and Tile works, Alva, Clackmannanshire. 25/06/1863 – Stirling Advertiser – Article on the opening of the Alva Railway for passengers on 03/06/1863. To celebrate, between 60 and 70 gentlemen dined in the Johnstone Arms Hotel…..Mr Moir proposed (a toast) “The Manufacturing industry”. Mr Ross replied. He said he had great pleasure in returning…
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.
This brick was very likely manufactured at the Alva brick and tile works but by which individual?
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