Ardeer Brickworks, Ardeer, Stevenston, North Ayrshire

18/02/1826 – Patrick Warner of Ardeer Estate was responsible for exporting tiles and sole plates and importing Welsh slate. Unknown source and no confirmation it relates to the Ardeer brickworks directly.

1855 – 1857 – ScotlandsPlaces – Ardeer Brickworks. This brickworks is the property of Patrick Warner Esqr.

05/03/1855 – Glasgow Herald – Ardeer Brickwork will also be let for such a number of years as may be agreed upon, from and after Whitsunday next. The clay is very superior. The kilns and drying sheds are in good order, having been lately repaired. The trustees do not bind themselves to accept the highest or any offers. Offers to be directed as above stated. Ardrossan 01/03/1855 – (The brickworks were up for let at the same time as the Ardeer Freestone Quarry where John Wilson was a foreman and Francis Russell, Arran Place, Ardrossan appears to have had some involvement ( Owner possibly and could he be of the same Russell family as involved at the Longbar Brickworks )

12/05/1855 – Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald – Ardeer Chemical Works. We understand, within the last week or two, most of the machinery used in these works has been completed and set to work. A part of their material is used in the form of bricks, and for this purpose, an expensive piece of machinery has been erected, which we lately saw at work, and which is capable of making 50 of these bricks per minute: or 36,000 in 12 hours. At this rate we estimate it would make in one clay as many building bricks as is made in the whole of Ayrshire in a week.

Below – 1856 – Ardeer Brickworks, Ardeer, Stevenston, Ayr.

Below – 1856 – Ardeer Brickworks, Ardeer, Stevenston, Ayr.

1857 – John Douglas, Ardeer Brickworks.

1858 – Mineral Statistics of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for 1858 – Ardeer, Clay of coal measures. Name of freeholder – H Warnock Esq. Manufacturer – Ardeer Iron Co. Manufacture – stopping clay for blast furnaces. Estimated 800 tons annually.

1867 – John Douglas, Ardeer Brick and Tile Works, Stevenston, Saltcoats.

Below – 14/03/1868 – The Scotsman – John Douglas, brick manufacturer and James Boyd, Quarryman, both members of the Parochial Board of Stevenston were pursuers and John Dickie, Inspector of the Poor and James Campbell, Collector of the assessment for the poor of the Parish of Stevenston were defenders – an issue over rent.

15/01/1870 – Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald – Reference to Mr John Douglas, Ardeer Brickworks singing songs at a local event.

06/07/1872 – Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald – Deaths – Agnes, aged 8 months, daughter of the late John Durroch, cashier, Ardeer Iron Works at the house of John Douglas, Ardeer Brickworks, Stevenston on the 30th.

03/04/1875 – Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald – Death – At Ardeer Brickwork, Stevenston on the 28th ult, Mr John Douglas aged 53 years.

1878 – John Douglas, Executors of Ardeer Brick and Tile Works, Stevenston, Saltcoats.

06/02/1879 – Ayr Advertiser – Brickwork at Stevenston to let – with entry at Whitsunday First. The Ardeer Brickwork with steam grinding mill, kilns and drying house etc. The work is situated in the immediate vicinity of the Stevenston Station of the Glasgow and South Western Railway from which there is a branch line and as the works have been long established there has hitherto been a good trade carried on. Mr William Douglas, the present tenant, will show the works and further particulars will be given and offers received by A.C McJannet, Factor, Irvine. Irvine 28/01/1879.

Below- 1886 – Ardeer Foundry Co.

1895 – The Ardeer Brickworks are not marked on the OS Map.

10/12/1901 – The Scotsman – Foreman brickworks wanted. Apply stating experience. Ardeer Ironworks, Stevenston.

21/08/1908 – The Iron and Coal Trades Review – p. 764 – Ardeer Ironworks – The Companies collieries ar Ardeer and Auchenharvie extend along the sea-front from Irvine Harbour to Saltcoats Harbour, a distance of 4 miles and the blast furnaces are situated at Stevenston near the centre of the coalfield. The pits produce both house and furnace coal and a fireclay underlying one of the seams makes a superior firebrick which is worked up at Auchenharvie Brickworks into all forms of furnace material …

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