Found on River Tyne, Newcastle.

(Is it Ceipel or Geipel).

Arthur Brickman comments: Similar bricks appear on Tyneside and I believe them to be of Dutch manufacture. In the early 1900s, a German patented Coal to Oil plant with associated Coking Ovens was built at Blaydon on the Tyne, in the vicinity of the Cowen Brickworks, which was then owned by Priestman Collieries. Known locally as ‘Ottovale’, a reference to the project appears in a 1902 edition of the ‘Pottery Trades Gazette’, bemoaning the fact that despite Tyneside had an abundance of quality firebrick manufacturers, the contract stipulated that some 500,000 bricks would be imported from the Netherlands for all it’s refractory requirements. It would appear to be another case of Coals to Newcastle!


Below – A fellow collector has evidence of a similar brick being found at St. Petersburg. This appears to suggest that the name may be Ceipel and Co as the 2 x ‘C’s look alike.

ceipel & co


06/03/2020 – Update. I am now believing that this stamp is Geipel and not Ceipel for the following reasons.

These bricks are either found in and about the NE of England, especially the Newcastle area. At least one has been found abroad in the St Petersburg area.

I believe these are bricks manufactured in the Newcastle/Durham area for a firm or merchants called Geipel and Co and the bricks were stamped with the merchant’s name. They appear to have operated from the NE England area and were merchants in coal and timber as well as fire bricks, lead, rosin, copperas, bleaching powder, alkali, linen, anchors and chains, tar, iron and potatoes etc. They seem to have been prolific exporters, in particular, to Europe and the Baltic Ports.

William Broder Geipel was born in 1828, in NB Sewieat, Germany. His occupations were General Merchant and General Merchant in Coal and Timber.​ Source
(Note – SBH – The 4 entries below refer to Geipel and Co exporting fire bricks to Germany and Denmark but there are many such references in the newspapers. The entries always start with the ships name, then the captain and then the destination port – I think! When you get a name at the end I believe it is the dealer or merchant sending the goods. Chs stands for chaldron, which was a unit os measure for coal.)
03/04/1852 – Newcastle Guardian – Maritime intelligence – Exports – Catherine, Valing, Flensburg (Germany) – 397 cwt soda, 1000 fire bricks  Geipel and Co.
12/03/1859 – Newcastle Journal – Exports from Newcastle on 04/03/1859 – Christian Winkel, Schon, Elsinore (Denmark), 7000 fire bricks Geipel and Co.
12/11/1859 – Newcastle Guardian – Maritime intelligence – Exports – Hekla, Jorgensen,  Hhadersleben (Denmark) – 44 chs coal, 1000 fire bricks Geipel and Co
20/08/1859Newcastle Journal – Maritime intelligence – ​Exports from Newcastle upon Tyne 12/08/1859 – Engelina, De Veen, Brake (Germany) – 26 chs coals, 11,000 fire bricks, 200 cwt cement, Geipel and Co.

14/01/1873 –  The London Gazette  – Notice is hereby given, that the partnership heretofore subsisting between George Geipel, of Sheriffhill, in the county of Durham, Broder William Geipel, (Note  – SBH – I suspect this should be William Broder Geipel) of Old Hartlepool, in the same county, and Adolph Mau, of Gateshead in the same county, carrying on business at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and at West Hartlepool, in the county of Durham, as Merchants and Brokers, under the style or firm of Geipel and Co., has this day been dissolved by mutual consent.—Dated this 7th day of January 1873. Geo. Geipel. Br. Wm. Geipel. Adolph Mau.

15/01/1873 – Lloyds List – Partnerships dissolved. George Geipel, Br William Geipel, and Adolph Mau, merchants and brokers, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and West Hartlepool.

(Note – SBH – I believe this is the same family, some of whom moved from the NE and set up business in London. Graces Guide).

11/01/1918 – The London Gazette –  I William Guy-Pell, of Vulcan Works, St., Thomas-street, in the county of London (trading as W. Geipel & Co.), and of No. 4, Morpeth-mansions, Westminster, in the same county, Engineer, heretofore called and known by the name of William Geipel, give, public notice that, on the tenth day of December, 1917,1 formally and absolutely renounced, relinquished and abandoned the use of my said name of William Geipel, and then assumed, adopted and determined thenceforth on all occasions -whatsoever to use and subscribe the name of William Guy-Pell instead of the (said name oi William Geipel and I further give notice that, by a deed poll dated the tenth day of December 1917, duly executed and attested and enrolled in the Central Office of the Supreme Court on the 8th day of January 1918, I formally and absolutely renounced and abandoned the said name of William Geipel, and declared that I had assumed and adopted, and intended thenceforth on all occasions whatsoever to use and subscribe the name of William Guy-Pell instead of William Geipel, and so as to be at all times thereafter called, known and described by the names of William Guy-Pell exclusively.— Dated this 11th day of December 1917. W. Guy-Pell.

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