Found in the Bonny Water, Bonnybridge. Allan Rae suggests that this fire brick was manufactured by Smith and Wellstood and it was probably a back brick to protect the rear surface of a firebox for the ‘Modern Mistress’ stove and that MDN MRS is an abbreviation of ‘Modern Mistress’. Smith & Wellstood Brickworks, Bonnybridge. . .
Falkirk Museums and Archives FMA – Brown rectangular firebrick with the top end slanted and a tenant join on the lower end, stamped on the centre face “ERA”. It is also stamped with the Allied Ironfounders trademark.
Primary maker – Callendar Brick & Fireclay Co Ltd.
This example is not in my possession but the picture is reproduced by kind permission of FMA.
(Note – SBH – Allied Ironfounders apparently did manufacture an ‘Era Fire’ c. 1950s but I am uncertain where the fire brick linings (as in the example depicted on this page) were actually made. Perhaps it was indeed manufactured by the Callendar Brick & Fireclay Co Ltd as is hinted at by the FMA).
Allied Ironfounders Ltd – established in 1929 by an alliance of iron founding companies across the UK. In the Falkirk area, these included M Cockburn & Co, Falkirk Iron Co, McDowall, Steven & Co, Forth & Clyde & Sunnyside and Callendar Iron Co. Other companies joined later, including Dobbie Forbes in 1934. The companies were taken over by Glynwed in 1969. Glynwed Foundries has its registered office in Birmingham. Glynwed Foundries was incorporated in 1961 with the registration number 0068751. Makers of Cookers, Fires, Boilers, Sinks, Baths, etc. 1962-1965.
Below – The following similar products were found by Ian Suddaby close to the disused Glen Brickworks as previously owned by the Callendar Brick & Fireclay Co Ltd.
ERA 72 – This is also stamped with the Allied Ironfounders Ltd stamp.
18 – This is also stamped with the Allied Ironfounders Ltd stamp.
RA Pt 89 – This may also be a broken ERA product.