Anniston Brick and Tile Works, Inverkeillor

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Anniston Brick and Tile Works , Inverkeillor.

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27/11/1860 – Dundee, Perth and Cupar Advertiser – Tile Work and the land of Estate of Anniston, Near Arbroath – The well known brick and tile work on the Anniston Estate at present possessed by Mr Duncan. This Work which has been long and successfully carried on by the present tenant is situated within 5 miles of Arbroath, and close to the Turnpike Road between Montrose and Arbroath. The Leysmill Station of the Scottish North Eastern Railway is within 4 miles of the Work. A great market is open for the supply of bricks in Dundee and to encourage the traffic the railway companies have agreed to be content with a very low special rate from that station to Dundee. There is an abundant supply of clay of the finest quality and easily got; and the Works being situated in a wide fertile district, the hitherto excellent demand for drain tiles may, in the hands of an enterprising tenant, be continued or increased. There is a good dwelling house and steading of offices, with sufficient drying sheds and a complete set of machinery; for the Works there is a steam engine of ample power, all in going order. There is attached to the Work, about 5 3/4 imperial acres of first class land and an arrangement may be made for enlarging the extent of the land as far as the tenant desires to give him horse labour at a cheap rate. For further particulars apply to Mr C Kerr, Dundee, the factor on the Estate, with whom offers are to be lodged. Mr Duncan the outgoing tenant is not to be an offerer. The Grieve at Anniston will point out the boundaries.

14/03/1862 – Kelso Chronicle – Scotch Bankrupts – Alexander Dunn, sometime tenant of the Anniston Tile Works, Forfarshire and presently joint tenant of the farm of Powmill, Kinrosshire.

Below – 1865 – Anniston Brick and Tile Works

1865 anniston brick works

1877 – David Harris – Brick and Tile Maker, 29 Millgate. Works Anniston, nr Inverkeilor.

1887 – 1888 – Harris & Stewart, Brick and Tile Manufacturer, Anniston.

Below – 1901 – Anniston Brick and Tile Works

1901 Anniston brickworks

1912 – 1913 – John Stewart & Sons, Brick and Tile Manufacturers, Anniston, Inverkeilor.

1915 – John Stewart & Sons, Brick and Tile Manufacturers, Anniston.

1926 – 1927 – John Stewart & Sons, Brick and Tile Manufacturers, Anniston, Inverkeilor.

09/08/1938 – Dundee Courier – All parties having claims against the late Charles Stewart, Anniston Brick Works by Arbroath or against his firm J. Stewart & Son, Anniston Brick Works (of which the deceased was sole partner) are requested to lodge same with the subscribers within 10 days from this date and all parties indebted to the deceased or to his said firm are requested to make payment to the subscriber within like period. …….. 09/08/1938.

1942 – 1943 – John Stewart & Sons, Brick and Tile Manufacturers, Anniston, Inverkeilor.

05/02/1943 – Dundee Courier – Draiange tiles manufactured by the Anniston Brickworks Co Ltd, Inverkeillor are renowned for their long life. Inquiries solicited. Phone Anniston 218.

31/12/1943 – Dundee Courier – Drainage tiles – Anniston brick works have 3″, 4″ and 6″ drain tiles in stock. Phone Inverkeilor 218.

Below – 20/09/1950 – Dundee Courier – Advert for Anniston Brickworks.

07/03/1955 – Dundee Courier – For sale, concrete blocks 18″ x 9″ x 4″, guaranteed good quality and finish.Other sizes to order. Phone Anniston Brick Works Co Ltd. Inverkeilor 218.

03/10/1955 – Bricks – good quality common red clay wirecut bricks for sale, delivered from stock. Phone Anniston Brickworks Co Ltd, Inverkeilor (218) and

For sale, concrete blocks 18″ x 9″ x 4″, guaranteed good quality and finish.Other sizes to order. Phone Anniston Brick Works Co Ltd. Inverkeilor 218.

Below – Source – Brick & tile makers

James Stewart Anniston Brickwork c.1881- c 1915

John Stewart & son Anniston Brickwork c.1915- c. 1926

A. Fraser Ltd.Anniston Brickwork c.19? c.1971


Below – Source – Brick & tile makers

Brick & tile makers* Alexander Dunn Anniston Brick & Tile Work bef. 1862
do George Duncan [left 1860] do -1860
do To Let do 1860-61
do William Robertson do -1866
do To Let do from 11 Nov 1866
do Messrs David Harris [a butcher, d. 14 Oct 1894, aged 75] & James Stewart do -1880-1894
do James Stewart do 1894-
do John Stewart & son do -1915-1926-
do Charles Stewart [d. 20 Jul 1938] do -1938
do Anniston Brickworks Co. Ltd. do -1954-1955-
do A. Fraser Ltd. do -1971


Below – A collection of bricks found near to the Anniston Brick and Tile Works and believed to have been manufactured there. The brick marked ‘Anniston’ has one stretcher side that is graduated with small linear lines covering the whole face. The other bricks have this same ‘design’ on at least one brick face and thus confirm they most likely all came from the same Works.


Below  – a close up showing the linear markings.

Below – the semi circular coping bricks also displays marks as left by a brick lifting tool.  The outside to outside measurement of the holes left by the device are 4″ apart. Note the circular mark between the holes. This was 1″ in diameter and was used as a ‘depth gauge’ to stop the brick worker pushing the lifting device in too far.

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