Clayton & Co brick making machine

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CLAYTON, HENRY, and CO., Atlas Works, near Dorset Square, London, N. W.

Patent brick, tile, and pipe machines.

These are the champion prize machines of the Royal Agricultural Societies of England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Sardinia, Holland, Austria, Belgium, Hanover, etc.

They have obtained the—

First-class prize at the Great Exhibition of all Nations, London, 1851.

Gold medal of honour at the Universal Exposition, Paris, 1855.

Prize medal and diploma at the Great Exhibition, Amsterdam, 1853.

Gold medal prize at the Royal Exposition, Vienna, 1857.

First-class prize of the Royal Polytechnic Society, 18G0.

HENRY CLAYTON and CO., inventors, patentees, and manufacturers of the UNIVERSAL BRICK-MAKING MACHINES, TILE-MAKING MACHINES, PRESSES, etc. have been patronized by H.R.H. (the late) Prince Consort, H.I.H. the Emperor of Russia, H.M. the Queen of Spain, H.I.H. the Emperor of France, H.M. the King of the Belgians, H.M. the King of Hanover, H.I. M. the Empress of Russia, and by Her Majesty’s Government for home and colonial use, etc.

BRICK MACHINES of several sizes and of varied construction, according to the nature of the clay, adapted to the manufacture of solid, tubular, or perforated bricks, of any size or form to order, arranged for working either by steam, water, animal, or hand power.

DRAIN PIPE AND TILE MACHINES of various sizes and construction for the manufacture of agricultural drain pipes, sanitary tubes, roofing and paving tiles, and hollow goods of every description.

PRESSES for bricks and tiles, plain or ornamental.

CLAY MILLS, for washing, crushing, pugging, and screening.


STEAM ENGINES, portable or stationary, of all sizes.

Detailed plans for an improved construction of kilns, drying rooms, and sheds.

Every description of sawing and constructive machinery for contractors’ use, and machinery, tools, and utensils of every kind required in the brick, tile, or pottery manufacture.

The following are selected from a number of favourable notices of these machines:—

“They unquestionably bear evidence of great mechanical ingenuity, and are the most efficient apparatus yet before the public.”— Engineer.

“Clayton’s machines are simple, and judiciously arranged, combining rapidity of production and economy of manufacture.”— Practical Mechanic’s Journal.

“The problem solved.”— Artizan.

“What the saw mill is to the timber, in our opinion, is Clayton’s machine in the manufacture of bricks.”— Mining Journal.

“In this machinery Mr. Clayton has proved his thorough knowledge of the mechanical means required, and of the material he has to deal with.”— Mechanic’s Magazine.

“Cheap and good bricks are now made by these machines;—a subject of national and universal importance.”— Builder.

Machines may be inspected and clays tested at the manufactory. Descriptive catalogues sent free by post


Below – 1851 – Clayton’s brick, tile and pipe making machine

clayton brick tile and pipe maker

CLAYTON, HENRY, Atlas Works, near Dorset Square —Inventor and Manufacturer.

Patent double action machine for screening the clay for the manufacture of all kinds of drainage pipes and tiles, roofing and paving tiles, and hollow or solid bricks; it combines the vertical and horizontal plans of working. This double-action machine is illustrated in the annexed cut.

Patent gratings and dies for cleansing clay, being perforated metal plates instead of wires or bars.

Cycloidal shape and other various improved draining tools, for cutting the drains in every description of soils. Patent drain consolidater and chaser, adjustable to every depth of drain, for the tiles to be laid in.

Working drawings (to scale), for the erection of kilns, drying sheds, etc. Improved plan for drying shelves, for drainage tiles, pipes, hollow and solid bricks. Specimens of common and other tiles, and of Roberts’ patent bonded hollow bricks.


Below – 13/06/1854 – South Eastern Gazette – Clayton brick making machine court case


INJUNCTION – See Times 17th Feb., 1854.                   

THE Action which was tried against Mr. W. C. S. Percy, of the Albert Works, Trafford-street, Manchester, the maker of the “CHAMPION BRICK PRESSING MACHINES,” for infringing Clayton’s Patent, having established the Patent on every  point, and an Injunction having been granted to restrain Mr. Percy from making or selling, by himself,  his servants, or agents the said machines, or any others made in imitation of the Invention described in the specification of Clayton’s Patent, and requiring him to account for all the Profits made by the manufacture, or sale, of his “Champion Brick Pressing Machine,” vending, or using the said Machine, or Clayton’s Screening Apparatus for Cleansing the Clay in the Tile, Brick, or Pottery Manufacture, or any other portion of Clayton’s Patent (without his license in writing), will be proceeded against as the law directs.

Dated this 15th day of February, 1854. WILSON & BRISTOW, 1, Copthall-buildings, Solicitor for Mr. Henry Clayton, of the Atlas Works, Upper Park-place, Dorset-square, London.

CLAYTON’S Patent Brick-making Machines offer a most important and profitable investment.

CLAYTON’S PATENT BRICK MACHINE is worked by one horse, or applicable to steam or water power, and combines the whole process of pugging the clay and making the bricks at one time.

CLAYTON’S PATENT TILE, PIPE, and HOLLOW BRICK MACHINES, of various sizes and construction.


CLAYTON’S PUGGING MILLS, of various sizes and construction, for Tile-clay, Brick-earth, Mortar, &c.

And every article connected with the Brick, Tile, and Pottery Trades.  The above Machines may be inspected, and illustrated catalogues obtained at the MANUFACTORY, ATLAS WORKS, Upper Park Place, Dorset Square, London.



Below   – Practical Mechanics Journal April 1856 – Mark 1857  – source



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clayton brick making machine


Below – 1864 – Clayton brick making machine

Clayton brickmaking machine


Below – 1866 – Clayton & Co, Atlas Works, London

clayton brick making advert


Below – 1869 – Clayton & Co brick making machine with end delivery

Clayton brick maker


Below – 1870 – bi chambered semi dry brick press Henry Clayton and Howlett Engineers, London

Henry Clayton, Son and Howlett of Atlas Works, Harrow Road, London.

Successor to Henry Clayton and Co

Succeeded by Clayton, Howlett and Venables

Also see Clayton, Howlett and Co – brick-makers of Sheffield.

bi chambered semi dry brick press clayton howlett


Below – The Practical brick and tile book, 1880. Dobson, Edward


Below – 1880 – Clayton, Howlett and Venables brick and tile machinery

Atlas Works, Woodfield Road, Harrow Road, London, W.

Established 1821.

formerly Clayton, Son and Howlett

1900 Bought by Brightside Foundry and Engineering Co

clayton howlett and Venables brick making machine

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