Clayton & Cos Alva Patent

Found in Alva by Gordon Wyle.

This is a large floor tile and very similar to the Alloa floor tiles – click me.

Note the last ‘T’ is different to the rest of the letters in that it has serifs and the others do not.

I do not believe Clayton & Cos is the tile manufacturer. I believe this is the name of the company that made the tile/brick making machine – Henry Clayton, Son and Howlett of Atlas Works, Harrow Road, London.

There are many examples of brick stamped Clayton & co on one side and the brick manufacturer on the other. I believe this was a marketing ploy either by Henry Clayton themselves to promote their machines or by the brickmakers who were keen to let the world know that their bricks were made on a Clayton machine and thus perhaps of a better quality than other bricks.

Example 1 and example 2

This brick was very likely manufactured at the Alva brick and tile works but by which individual?

Possible manufacturers.

1867William Robertson, Brick and Tile Maker, Alva, Dollar.

1878J & D Philp, Brick & Tile Makers, Alva Brickworks, Alva, Clackmannanshire.

1886John Philp, Brick and Tile Maker, Alva Works, Alva, Clackmannanshire.

1903Andrew Harley,  Brickmaker, Colbrook Place, Alva. RSO Clackmannanshire.


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