Found by George Kennedy in the Carluke area. This stamped is usually in the form of ‘Stepends’ with the additional ‘S’. This example is not in my possession. Stepends Brickworks, Plains, Airdrie, Lanarkshire Alternative brickworks include: Newmains Fireclay Works, Morningside, Lanarkshire, Mayfield Brickworks, Carluke, Lanarkshire
1839 – Coltness Iron Company founded. There were some very old brick kilns to the north of the ironworks which are believed to date from around that time. The Newmains Fireclay Works were their main brick producing site. Bricks manufactured at the Newmains Fireclay Works were lower grade and latterly they concentrated on glazed enamel whiteware. – Source Kenneth W Sanderson.
04/08/1888 – Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette – To architects, engineers and builders – Bricks of special manufacture for all building purposes and particularly adapted for engineering works where great strength is required. Coltness Iron Co Ld, Newmains.
Below – 1893 – Advert Coltness Iron Company.
Below – 12/07/1899 – Daily Telegraph and Courier – Coltness Iron Company Limited prospectus. The three brickworks of the company are in efficient condition, and are situated at Newmains and Hallcraig, in Lanarkshire—both being the absolute property of the company—and Jordanhill, Glasgow. The manufacture of enamelled fireclay goods is carried at Newmains, and that of building bricks at Hallcraig and Jordanhill, the capacity of the two latter being about twenty millions of bricks per annum. The properties absolutely owned by tbe company, including the above-mentioned purchase, are follows(1) At Newmains, about 325 acres of mineral area, and 270 of surface area, upon which the blast furnaces, &c., are situated, and having abundance spare room for future extension. (2) Woodend, in Linlithgowshire, about 1,024 acres surface and minerals, upon which one of the company’s collieries. (3) At Hallcraig, in Lanarkshire, about 186 acres of surface and minerals, upon which is one of the company’s brickworks. The mineral in this property is chiefly clayband ironstone. (4) Mayfield and neighbourhood, in Lanarkshire, about 187 acres of mineral area —chiefly clayband ironstone and limestone.
10/04/1936 – The Scotsman – Coltness Iron Company Limited. Annual company meeting …… The working of the brick and cement works has been affected through building construction having been held up owing to the severe winter weather, but the prospect ahead for building material is quite bright ….
12/04/1938 – The Scotsman – Coltness Iron Company Limited. Annual company meeting …… Our brickworks have been going full, with a good demand for building brick …
13/04/1940 – The Scotsman – Coltness Iron Company Limited. Annual company meeting …… Our cement and brickworks were extremely busy until the end of the year when the building industry was practically brought to a standstill unless for Goverment and A.R.P work and with this exception, the market for bricks has almost disappeared. ….
March 1970. – Clay Worker Magazine – Coltness Industries Limited – General Manager – Required to control entire operation of three Brickworks producing over one million common bricks per week. The works have been modernised with new Stiff Plastic Machinery, Conveyor Handling Systems and Hoffman Kilns and are well managed.
The applicant should be 30 to 40 years of age. A high management ability and first class practical knowledge of brickmaking is absolutely essential. He must be conversant with and able to maintain full budgetary control and be prepared to spend time and energy on the continued successful operation of these works. The position will be one of direct responsibility to the Managing Director. The commencing salary will be £3,000 per annum with Company car, free life insurance, assistance with removal, good contributory pension scheme, eat.
Applications should give full details of age, experience, positions held, availability, eat. And be addressed to:
Mr A. L. Teller, Managing Director, Coltness Brickworks Limited, Church Avenue, Newmains, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland.