Found by Eddie McLean on the banks of the River Kelvin, Glasgow. James Allan, brickmaker, Craighall Brickwork, Port Dundas ; house, Craigbank cottage, Keppothhill rd. . . . .
(Note from SBH – The info below is confusing as James Allan and Thomas Hamilton appear to swap ownership / management of these works on a regular basis. In 1878 they both appear to be there at the same time. So have I got something wrong here. Could there have been 2 sites at Auchengray near Carnwath or were they in partnership or was one the owner and one the manager. Any info to clarify the situation will be gratefully received)
Canmore – 1994 – The site of the works is now largely reduced to piles of rubble. Only one robbed out kiln can be identified, measuring 15.5m E-W by 10.7m transversely over walls 1m thick. To the NW of these remains there is a flooded clay pit, and to the S there are the ruins of a brick building which is probably Auchengray Cottage, and which measures 6.6m N-S by 5.3m within brick walls 0.3m thick and 0.4m high. A collapsed chimney, which appears to have stood independently of the building lies by its N end.
Below – Invoice dated 22/12/1855. Thomas Hamilton Tile manufacturer, Overton near Kirknewton. House Auchengray Cottage.
Works Auchengray by Carnwrath
Hallcraig by Carluke
Nellfield by Carluke
Newbigging by Broxburn
1860 1 1/2 pipes and collars £2 and 5 shilling
300 bricks for 10/6
Below – 14/07/1856 – Thomas Hamilton, Auchingray Tile Works by Carnwath – train accident.
Below – Invoice dated 21/06/1861 Thomas Hamilton Tile manufacturer, Overton near Kirknewton. House – Park House, Cartstairs
Works Auchengray by Carnwath
Pool by Carnwath
Glenboe by Pittimain Lanark
Hallcraig, Braidwood and Waterlands by Carluke.
500 4″ pipes – £1 and 5 shilling
3350 2 inch pipes – £ and 17 shilling and 1/2d
2000 2 ” pipes – £2 and 6 shilling
25/01/1862 – Hamilton Advertiser – Wanted a steady and experienced tile burner for Auchengray Tile Works. Apply stating experience and wages expected, to John Milner, West Bank, West Calder. 07/01/1862.
25/08/1866 – Hamilton Advertiser – For sale a black and tan setter dog, 3 years old and thorough broke. Apply to James Hamilton, Auchengray Brick Works by Carnwath, where it may be seen.
1867 – Thomas Hamilton Brick Tile and Drain Pipe Manufacturer, Park Houses Carstairs .Works – Auchengray by Carnwath, Pool by Carnwath, Carmichael by Lanark, Braidwood by Carluke and Corehouse by Lanark.
1870 – James Allan took lease of a tile works at Auchengray which worked until sequestration. Both these businesses were profitable.
Below – 21/01/1876 – Headed notepaper – James Allan, Manufacturer of Agricultural and Sewerage Drain Pipes, Carluke – perforated, composition, fire, glazed stable and scullery bricks. Chimney cans, vents, vases, paving tiles, flue covers, cattle troughs, mangers, jars, stable and street blocks, byre gripping, garden borders, wall cope etc. Caledonian and Auchengray Works, Hillhead Cottage, Carluke.
1878 – James Allan, brick and tile works, Auchengray by Carnwarth
1878 – Thomas Hamilton, brick and tile works, Parkhouse Carstairs; works Auchengray by Carnwath.
1882 – James Allan – Auchengray and Braidwood Brickworks by Carnwarth. Office Hillhead Cottage, Carluke.
1886 – Thomas Hamilton – Park House Carstairs Junction. Works Braidwood by Carnwath and Auchengray.