Gargieston Brick and Tile Works, Kilmarnock.

Gargieston Tile Works were situated a mile south west of Kilmarnock on the Troon branch of the Glasgow and South Western Railway, it was making fire brick products in 1889 when managed by Thomas Smillie. The OS map of 1911 shows a medium sized brickworks and an open quarry to the south and another to the east which was connected to the works by a mineral railway.           Source The Scottish Refractory Industry 1830 – 1980

The works continued until the early 1970’s. – Canmore

Were the Gargieston Brick and Tile Works also known as the Coylton Brick and Tile Works?  – Canmore

12/04/1875 – Glasgow Herald – The Gargieston Pottery Company  having erected and extensive pottery fitted with the newest appliances and plant for the manufacture of all kinds of Black, Brown, Cane and Rockingham Ware beg to intimate that they are now manufacturing the above description of goods and all orders with which they may be favoured will receive their best attention. Price list on application. W.B Robertson, Manager. Garieston, Nr Kilmarnock April 1875.

23/09/1887 – Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald – Accident – On Friday afternoon, last week, an old man named John McGuinness., 66 years of age. residing at Cambuskelth, bad right arm severely crushed the clay mill at Gargieston Tile Works. He was conveyed in the ambulance waggon to Kilmarnock Infirmary, where his arm was amputated above the elbow. He has progressed favourably since the accident.

29/11/1889 – Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald – Ayrshire winners at the Crystal Palace Show – We notice the following prize winners at the National Crystal Palace poultry, pigeon and rabbit show held this week – Very highly commended T.Smellie Jun, Gargieston Tile Works, Kilmarnock.

Below – 1895 – Map of Gargieston brick and tile works.

Below – 1908 – Map of Gargieston brick and tile works.

Below – 1938 – Map of Gargieston brick and tile works.

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