(Note – SBH – There is some confusion regarding bricks stamped AFTON with regards their exact origins. There was the Afton Brick and Tile Works at New Cumnock, the owners of which opened a brickworks at Sanquhar in 1852 and then much later there was the Afton Brick Company Limited which operated the brickworks at…
Doura Fire Clay Works, Doura, Kilwinning, Ayr.
29/06/1867 – Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald – Doura Fire Clay Works. Fire Clay and Composition bricks of every description may be had by application to W. Chalmers, Manager, Doura by Kilwinning or to William McJannet, Ardrossan. 09/11/1866.
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.
06/08/1870 – Farmers Gazette – Highland and Agricultural Society Show at Dumfries – Medium Silver medals – Barr and McJannet, Doura Fireclay Works, Ardrossan for collection of fireclay articles.
Below – 28/07/1871 – Belfast Telegraph – Doura Fireclay Works advert. Barr & McJannet proprietors.
Below – 13/04/1872 – Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald – Doura Fireclay Works advert. Barr & McJannet ( Note: I think this is all one advert!)
13/10/1876 – Edinburgh Gazette – Thomas Kirkhope, Writer in Ardrossan, Trustee on the Sequestrated Estates of William McJannet, Coalmaster and Fire Clay Manufacturer and Shipping Agent, residing in Ardrossan, and Partner of the Firm of Bark and McJannet, Coalmasters and Fire Clay Manufacturers at Doura, near Kilwinning and in Ardrossan, hereby intimates that the Commissioners have postponed declaring a Dividend until the recurrence of another statutory period. Thos Kirkhope, Trustee. Ardrossan, 10th October 1870.
1886 – Doura Fireclay Co, Doura Works, Robert Armour managing partner.
21/09/1894 – Glasgow Herald – Irvine – More picketing at Doura – On Wednesday eleven miners were at work in the Doura coal pit and the brick-work there was being supplied with fuel, but yesterday a band of about 40 picketers appeared on the road, and the men, with one or two exceptions, turned and did not go to work. It was for picketing a man employed in this pit that the Sourlie men were apprehended on Wednesday morning. A large number of men turned out at Bensley yesterday morning, their object being to induce the oncost men to remain above ground, but in this, they were not successful.
Below – 1895 – Doura Fire Clay Works.
1903 – Doura Fire Clay Co – Robert Armour, Proprietor, TA – Doura, Montgreenan.
Below – 1908 – Doura Fire Clay Works.
1935 – 37 – The Sourlie Colliery and Brickworks and house coal— AH Grades of Washed Coal. Manufacturers of Doura plastic clay facing and engineering bricks and common building bricks. The Sourlie Colliery and Brickworks Phone 211 Doura Irvine.
Below – 1938 – Doura Fire Clay Works.
Below – 2018 – On a visit to the site, the following interesting products were seen.
Below – An unmarked byre brick or paver found on the Doura site.