Avoncrook Tile and Brick Works, Crawhill, Torphichen, West Lothian.

Avoncrook Tile and Brick Works, Crawhill, Torphichen, West Lothian possibly aka Crawhill Tileworks.

16/08/1860 – Falkirk Herald – Tile Work in Linlithgowshire to let. The Avoncrook Tile and Brick Works situated on the farm of Crawhill about a mile west of the village of Torphichen will be let for such a number of years as may be agreed upon. The Works are compact and newly erected and are fitted with steam machinery on the most recently approved principles. There is a Station on the Bathgate and Slamannan Railway about 1/2 a mile from the Works …

Below – 06/03/1875 – The Scotsman – Avoncrook Tileworks for let.

05/07/1875 – The original full lease between Henry Cadell Esquire of Grange and Avoncrook and Mr Robert Neill of Avoncrook Tilework. Its includes … “the houses, sheds kilns and machinery, sawmill, bench, shed, land and stance of work and houses called and commonly known as Avoncrook Tilework, all as lately wrought by and in the occupation of Magnus Aitken as tenant thereof … a fixed money rent of £40 sterling and a royalty or lordship of one sixteen part of the price or prices at which the article made or manufactured at said tileworks shall be sold or otherwise disposed of at the kilns or works … the said Robert Neill binds and obliges himself and his aforesaid to keep regular and distinct business books in connection with the said tilework in which they shall enter daily and accurately, accounts of the sales and disposal of all articles manufactured thereat – and report same to the said Henry Cadell and his foresaid at four times in each year … further, the said Robert Neill hereby binds and obliges himself and his aforesaid that in digging the clay in the said field as well as in the land hereby let, the surface earth, when removed, shall be laid aside and as soon as the clay is taken out, he shall be bound so far as practicable to fill up the whole and level the surface by replacing the soil so taken off and otherwise restore the said land to an arable state as fir for all farm operations as it was before being broken up. Declaring always that in digging for said clay the said Robert Neill shall be bound as he hereby binds and obliges himself and his aforesaid to do so by a trench never at any point exceeding ten yards in breadth and shall be bound to fill up and restore to an arable state all land beyond this breadth so far as is practicable …

1886 – John Alexander & Sons, brick and tile maker, Nethermuir and Avoncrook, Bathgate. (Page 942).

24/11/1888 – Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser – Will the Caledonian Railway really come? When Dr Wilson at the Combe Lecture last Wednesday gave an illustration as if the Caledonian as well as the N.B. Railway were actually here, the applause showed the old eager desire for such a consummation. It is curious that we hear again a rumour that the Caledonian have been measuring near Crawhill Brick Works, having a new line in their eye to come by way of Bathgate. It is said that Mr Stewart of the Westfield Works, and others, are anxious for it. Our Bathgate Commissioners should petition.

1907 – Robert Neil, Brickworks, Crawhill, Bathgate.

(Note – SBH –  I am confused by the above in that Neil takes over in 1875. Alexander appears to be involved in 1886  and then Neill again in 1907 – if this is all the same works?)

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