Found Newcastle upon Tyne.

Produced at the Bute Colliery Brickworks at High Spen in the Derwent Valley, these bricks are often assumed to be of Scottish manufacture. Garesfield Collieries, the original owners of the pit, were a Tyneside based concern, the Scottish connection being that the Mineral Rights were owned by the Marquis of Bute, the bricks were therefore named accordingly, and helped differentiate the products of their various operations – Arthur Brickman. (Note – SBH –  Although these bricks were not manufactured in Scotland I have included them due to the Scottish connection)


Below – A Bute brick found by Tucker Kennedy on the Ayrshire coast of Scotland. Note the thumbprint to the bottom left.

Below – A circle fire brick.

Below – A similarly named building brick, also found in Newcastle.

Below – A similarly named building brick, also found in Newcastle.

Below – A similarly named building brick, found in Northumbria. The 4 ‘holes’ do not penetrate all the way through. The brick measures 9″ x 4″ x 3″. The ‘holes’ are tapered to a bevelled stop. Including the frog depth, the holes are 1 3/4″ deep.



Below – Another variation found by Brian Wardell in Northumbria.

Below – 1925 – Consett Iron Company catalogue – refers to hand made Bute fireclay bricks from Garesfield Colliery.

Below –  1925 – Consett Iron Company catalogue – Delves firebricks but also reference to Bute  bricks.

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