Firs Brick and Tile Works, Grahamston, Falkirk, Stirlingshire

Below – 01/04/1893 – Falkirk Herald –  The trade in bricks is in general very brisk, the large number of buildings now going on and about Falkirk taxing the energies of the producer to tbe utmost. But competition in this class of work has made prices low, even notwithstanding the increased demand. The principal works now going on which supply orders in this line are the tenements at Parkfoot (Mr Marshall’s), at Woodlands, those of the Building Society in Watson Street, and those Stenbousemuir. As an illustration of the output of bricks and the consumpt, it may be mentioned that an ordinary brick cottage of two rooms and kitchen, with outhouses, may account for some 40,000 bricks. This is just about the ordinary quantity produced by two brickworks—Callendar and Firs—every day. And again, as showing the speed of erection, the order for, say, a building embracing double cottage and attics, so far as bricks were concerned, was given in the middle of this month, and the building—finished, roofed, plastered, and painted—will be occupied Whitsunday term. Wages in this variety of production, the bricks themselves are all made by macninery, run from a pound to 22s per week in the highest paid work in the neighbourhood. In Denny district a good deal of brick work is also being done in connection with extensions to paper mills as well as for private work, but Bonnybridge and Banton Brickworks supply the bulk of what is needed there.

Below – 1896 – Firs Brick and Tile Works. The works are not recorded on the 1914 map.

18/06/1898 – Falkirk Herald – Wanted good steady brick moulder – Firs Tile Works, Grahamston.

21/01/1899 – Falkirk Herald – The past year has also been a most prosperous one so far this industry concerned. In connection with the Callendar Colliery, a large brick work is carried on, producing all classes of brick and fire-clay goods for the building and foundry trades. The demand for firebricks during the past yew has been very great, the company finding themselves quite unable cope with local orders. The healthy state of their trade has induced the firm to lay down substantial new plant for brick-making purposes. They have also erected some new drying stoves and kilns for sanitary pipes, and a large Hoffman kiln for the burning of the increased manufacture of bricks made by their new plant. The company have also carried on a brick work erected by the late Mr Potter—Firs Brick and Tile Works, Grahamston —where the manufacture roof tiles, drain tiles, and common bricks was carried on. Those works however, were erected on the ground of the North British Railway Company, and in their extensions at Grahamston the work has stopped, the ground being required for extra sidings. To continue this branch manufacture, the firm, however, intend during the ensuing season to put up large and extensive new plant in the neighbourhood of Denny.

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