Carsehead Brickworks, Dalry, North Ayrshire

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Carsehead Brickworks, Dalry, North Ayrshire

Dalry Brick Company, Kersland and Carsehead Brickworks, Dalry, Ayrshire.

Ayrshire Brick & Fireclay Company Ltd, Carsehead – The brickworks lay on the outskirts of Dalry and was started about 1838 when the Blair Ironworks was built nearby.  Blair did not flourish and in 1856 passed into the hands of the Eglinton Iron company, which had just been bought by William Baird & Co.  Hunt’s Mineral Statistics of 1858 record the brickworks producing 2,700 tons a year of taphole clay for blast-furnaces.  Firebricks were also made.  The fireclay came from Blair Colliery, and later from No. 5 and No. 7 Pits to the south, which were connected to the brickworks with a mineral railway.  The ironworks closed in 1870, and the brickworks passed into the hands of Arthur Logan, Coalmaster, of Ellieston, Paisley.  Logan incorporated the company in 1901, with a capital of £4,000, which was almost all held by James Coats, the thread manufacturer of Paisley.  The company was managed by Logan but it did not prosper, and in 1915, Logan took over the Coats shareholding.  Losses continued and brick making stopped in 1924, but the Company was not liquidated until 1945.  Source Kenneth W Sanderson

1903 – Ayrshire Brick & Fireclay Company Ltd, Carsehead & Kersland Works, Dalry.

21/08/1903 – Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald – JP Court  Joseph Harper and Wm. McMaster both labourers for contravention of the Trespass Act lodging in the brick-kiln situated at Dalry Brickworks, occupied by the Ayrshire Brick and Fire Clay Company, were each fined in the modified penalty of 5s or 3 days.

1912 – 1913 – Ayrshire Brick & Fireclay Company Ltd, 86 St Vincent Street, Glasgow.

Below – 21/01/1921 – Motherwell Times – Glasgow Councils purchase brickworks at Dalry and Carfin. (Note – SBH – I am not 100% certain which of the Dalry Brickworks this article refers to)

Below – 05/02/1925 – The Scotsman – Glasgow Corporation considers selling its Dalry Brickworks. (Note – SBH – I am not 100% certain which of the Dalry Brickworks this article refers to)

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Below – 19/02/1926 – Glasgow Corporation and Dalry Brickworks. (Note – SBH – I am not 100% certain which of the Dalry Brickworks this article refers to)

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Below – 25/05/1928 – The Scotsman – Dalry Brickworks – Glasgow’s white elephant. The Glasgow corporation discuss selling the Dalry Brickworks to Messrs Leslie Kirk (Ltd). (Note – SBH – I am not 100% certain which of the Dalry Brickworks this article refers to)

07/09/1929 – Dundee Courier – New Company – Dalry Brick Co, brick manufacturers, Dalry, Ayrshire. Capital £6000 in £1 shares.

1935 – 37  – Dalry Brick Company Limited,  Manufacturers of Composition Brick Bull Nose – Coping Kersland and Carsehead.

Below – 1935 – 1937  – Advert Dalry Brick Company.

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Below – c. 1944 -1967 – Carsehead Brickworks.

11/02/1949 – Kilmarnock Herald – Double theft from brickwork. Beith JP Court. Frederick Boles Jackson, 20 Sharon Street, Dalry was charged with theft of tools on 2 occasions from Carshead Brickworks. 10s fine imposed on both charges.

1960s – 1969 – The 1985 publication ‘A survey of Scottish brickmarks’ suggests that the Alexandra Transport Co were the owners.

1969 – 1977 – The 1985 publication ‘A survey of Scottish brickmarks’ suggests that the Scottish Brick Corporation were the owners.

1981 – The 1985 publication ‘A survey of Scottish brickmarks’ suggests that the works were demolished by late 1981.

Below – 2018 – Carsehead Brickworks.

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