Coney Park Fireclay Works, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire

(Note – SBH – I am not sure yet that all the references below refer to the same ‘Coney Park’)

30/04/1870 – Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald – Ayrshire Agricultural Show – Stand no 50 – Messrs Barr and McJannet of the Doura and Coney Park Coal, Fire Clay and Paraffin Oil Works, Ardrossan – a fine collection of fire clay ornaments – lions, vases, flower baskets etc and a number of useful articles such as collars, troughs etc. The judges awarded a medal for collection. The articles were designed and modelled by Mr William Bonar, modeller, Liverpool.

1893 – Scottish Fire Clay Mines – Coney Park Coal Co., Bonnybridge – coal and fire clay – Alex. Robertson.

1896 – Kilsyth and Bonnybridge Coal Company Limited – (William Rae) Coney Park Fireclay Works, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire.

19/08/1899 – Falkirk Herald – Discovery of minerals near Kilsyth – Mr Street, who recently acquired Coneypark and Tomsyne Estates, Kilsyth, Stirlingshire, has been conducting operations to ascertain what minerals underlie these estates. The existence of various valuable coal and clay seams, also a very rich seam of shale, never hitherto known occur locality, has been revealed. The seams vary from two to six feet. The clays, which on testing have proved of the best quality, include those suitable for the manufacturing of fireclay goods and enamel, and likewise splendid terra-cotta. Brick and pipe manufacturing will be commenced immediately, and coal measures will also be wrought. Mr Street is an enterprising Fife coalmaster and brickmaker as well as builder and has laid down plant on an extensive scale at Banknock with a view to starting the brickmaking industry there. He also intends to go largely into the building trade in the district, in which at present houses for the working class are unable to be obtained.

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