Esse Cooker 42″

Found by Ian Suddaby at the Old Bonnyside Brickworks, Bonnybridge.

This example is not in my possession.

Ian states – There is a piece of this small firebrick missing but it’s still an interesting find. The remaining portion measures 7″ long, 4″ wide and 2″ thick.
The main stamp reads:
There is also a circle with a 2 and a probable 4 in it. So this was made by (or for?) Smith & Wellstood in or near Bonnybridge for their range of Esse brand cookers.

Bonnybridge Silica & Fireclay Co Ltd, Bonnybridge.
Calder Firebrick Works, Airdrie, Lanarkshire.
Chapelhall Works, Lanarkshire.

Hepworth Ceramic Holdings plc (GR-Stein Refractories Ltd. parent co) bought the Bonnybridge Silica & Fireclay Co. Ltd in 1972, closed Bonnybridge works in 1973 and closed Chapelhall in 1980. Therefore between 1972 and 1980, GR-Stein Refractories probably continued to manufacture bricks with this trademark for a time.

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