Brick making wager

17/05/1819 – Caledonian Mercury – On Tuesday last, a young man named Close, employed in the brickyards of Messrs Fletcher and Co near Newcastle, undertook for a trifling wager to make 7000 bricks in 15 hours which task he accomplished in less than 12, in the first 7 hours he made 4350 being rather more than 620 in an hour.