Craigrigg Brickworks, Torphichen, West Lothian.

(Note – SBH – Please read this in conjunction with the Bridgehouse Brick and Tile Works, Torphicen as they may well all have been situated on the same site and known by the various names)

Craigrigg Brickworks aka Darngavil Brickworks Ltd, Craigrigg Works, West Lothian.

Alternative brickworks include:

  • Darngavil Brickworks Ltd, Darngavil Works, Airdrie, Lanarkshire.



04/10/1884 – Lanarkshire Upper Ward Advertiser – To let clay, blaize and fire clay, part of the lands of Dargavil for the purpose of making bricks – for particulars apply at Darngavil Colliery Office, Airdrie.

01/01/1927 – Aberdeen Press and Journal – New Companies – Darngavil Brickworks (Ltd.), 21 Bath Street, Glasgow (private company), brick and tile manufacturers and merchants, clay workers and potters. Capital, £10.000, in shares. (Note – SBH – This company was likely started up to exploit and utilise the shale bing waste of the Darngavil Coal Company).

Below – 27/09/1927 – Dundee Evening Telegraph – G and J Paton, Builders Merchants, 9 Gellatly Street, Dundee. Sole selling agents Broomhouse and Craigrigg building bricks …

21/02/1928 – Dundee Courier – Modern house comfort – Attractive exhibition in Edinburgh … All over Scotland in many important buildings and housing schemes the Cambor Welsh slates, which this firm can produce in large numbers and with the minimum loss time, have been supplied. They have on view also Broomhouse and Craigrigg 3½ in. composition bricks, which have been used to a considerable extent by Dundee builders …

26/03/1932 – Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser –  Motorcycle 3½ hp 1930 model AJS. Excellent condition. Apply Darngavil Brickworks Ltd, Airdrie.

18/05/1934 – Motherwell Times – Fire brigades dash to Airdrie – Bellshill Fire Brigade was on Monday called to an outbreak of fire at Darngavil Brickworks, Greengairs, Airdrie. A fire broke out in the engine house and spread to a tank containing 60 gallons of crude oil. Luckily, the Fire Brigade was soon on the scene and prevented the outbreak from spreading to adjoining buildings. The oil was completely destroyed, but otherwise, little damage was done.

1938 – List of mines in Scotland – Darngavil Brickworks Ltd., 21 Bath St., Glasgow. Name of mine – Craigrigg No 2 situated at Westfield. 1 employed above ground.

Below – 1938 – Craigrigg Brickworks.

Below – 07/06/1939 – Falkirk Herald – That the Coal Commission in pursuance of their powers under paragraph (b) of Sub-Section (4) of Section 3 of the Coal Act, 1938, have given direction for the exclusion from the operation of the said paragraph of the minerals and substances hereinafter specified which are comprised in a Lease dated 15th and 19th March. 1932, and made between Mrs Agnes or Clark, Elizabeth Clark and Alexander Waddel Greenhorn Clark of the one part and Darngavil Brickworks Limited of the other part, that is to say:— All shale, fireclay, surface clay, pit rubbish and ganister within an area of 200.88 acres Situated at Bridgehouse, Easter and Wester Wheatacres and North Luggiebrae in the Parish of Torphichen in the County of Linlithgow, which area is more particularly delineated in the plan annexed to the said Lease. Dated this 25th day of May 1939. Order of the Coal Commission, (Sgd.) C. S. Hurst, Secretary

Below – 10/06/1939 – Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser – Lease amendment regarding William Rankin and Darngavil Brickworks and fireclay and blaes.


30/11/1940 – Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser – Darngavil Brickwork Company Limited fined £3 for displaying a light during a blackout ( 1 previous conviction).

Below – 1944 – 1967 – Craigrigg Brickworks.

29/09/1956 – Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser – Reference to the Darngavil Brick Co, funding a trophy as a prize for competitors in the Greengairs Horticultural Show.

26/01/1957 – Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser – Reference to the employees of the Darngavil Brickworks Ltd, contributing to a floral tribute on the death of Flora Marshall.

25/03/1977 – Wishaw Press – Several mining applications were recommended for approval by the committee … Darngavil Brickworks Limited’s application to start working an open coal and fireclay site at Parkside, Cleland was approved …

06/05/1977 – Edinburgh Gazette – Reference to the Darngavil Brickworks Limited under a heading “Situation of registered office or change thereof”

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