The following information and photographs have been supplied by Jack Whittles and Christa Stone from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Jack states “Recently I have been collecting many bricks from a colliery site on Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada. The Colliery was for the Cumberland Coal Mines that were in operation from about 1888 to 1961….
Early 1850’s – Early in the ‘fifties (1850’s) the deceased, James Dougal, joined with his brother, Mr John Dougal and others in a lease of Craigend Brickworks, south of Polmont Station, which J & J Dougall carried on successfully of 19 years.
1851 – Craigend Brickworks were erected possibly erected by James Dougal.
11/12/1851 – Falkirk Herald – To be let – The Craigend Brick and Tile Works, for a term of years as may be agreed upon. The seams of fire and common clays are of first-rate quality and the Works being in good going order, with an excellent demand, afford a very favourable entry to an enterprising tenant. Craigend Brick and Tile Work are situated near Polmont, a very short distance from a branch of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway and the Union Canal. Application to be made at Craigend House by Linlithgow.
10/12/1856 – Glasgow Herald – (Possibly relevant to this page) Fire Clay to let. The fire clay in a portion of the lands of Craigendmuir in the Barony Parish. The clay has been ascertained by for bores to extend under 15 or 20 acres and consists of 2 seams. one 8 feet or thereby in thickness and the other varying from 8 to 31 feet. It is apparently the same clay that is presently worked at Garnkirk and at Heathfield Clay Works – the quality of which is well known. The clay field is intersected by the Caledonian Railway and the clay is within a moderate distance from the surface, and may be worked easily and cheaply …
21/11/1859 – Caledonian Mercury – To builders and others -Peter Ferguson, Agent for Craigend Brick Work. Depot-69 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh. Has always on hand a large Stock of roofing tiles and brick of all kinds, at the following prices:-
26/06/1862 – Falkirk Herald – Craigend Brick and Tile Work for sale -there will be Exposed for Sale by Public Roup (if not previously disposed of by Private Bargain), within Messrs Cay & Black’s rooms, 65 George Street, Edinburgh on Wednesday the 9th day of July 1862, at 2 o’clock afternoon. The Craigend Brick and Tile Work, situated on the Land of Hirst, in the Parish of Muiravonside, and County of Stirling, with upwards of 12 Acres of Land, and with the Dwelling-House, occupied by the present tenant of the Work, four Workmen’s Houses, a Six-Stalled Stable, Grainhouse, and Office, &c.; and also all Machinery requisite (including a Steam-Engine of about 25 Horse Power) for Grinding and Manufacturing Fire and Common Clays. Upset Price, £3000
The Land contains both Fire and Common Clay of the first quality, and the Clay is nearly inexhaustible. The Work is at present let to good tenants at the rent of £156. The lease expires at Martinmas 1870, when a considerable increase of rent may be obtained, as the articles manufactured at this Work are in high repute throughout the country. The rent of the Land is about £4 10s. Further particulars may be had on application to Mr Learmonth McKenzie, at Craigend House; to Messrs Russel & Aitken, Writers, Falkirk; or to Messrs Gibson-Craig, Dalziel, & Brodies, W.S., Edinburgh, who are in possession of a Plan and of Inventory of the Machinery.
20/10/1862 – Glasgow Herald – Adjourned sale of Craigend brick and tile works will take place on 22/10/1862. Upset price further reduced.
Below – 09/06/1870 – Falkirk Herald – Craigend Brick and Tile Works to let. Currently occupied by Messers Dougall
20/11/1889 – Falkirk Herald – To Let Craigend Brickworks (well known) near Polmont Station. Apply Thomas White, 114 George Street, Edinburgh.
16/04/1890 – Falkirk Herald – To Let Craigend Brickworks (well known) near Polmont Station. Apply Thomas White, 114 George Street, Edinburgh.
Below – 1860 – Craigend Tileworks.
1896 – Shows the Works as disused.
The following family information is supplied by Rose Williams.