Granton Brick and Tile Works, Granton, Edinburgh

Many thanks to Ian Green and Jill Williams, Edinburgh for their outstanding assistance with regards information relating to these works. The references below come mainly from census and valuation roll entries.

1844 – There is a Jacob Kemmie (Kemme) listed as living at Granton Pier, which at that time was part of Cramond, but later just called Granton. He is associated with an unnamed brick works.

28/01/1847 – Fife Herald – Jacob Kemme gave evidence at the hearing between Methven and the Railways. His evidence is detailed thus: Jacob Kemme, brick and tile maker in Granton is the manager of the Duke of Buccleuch’s Tile Works at Smeaton.  He pays £44.10s a year for his clay field and was entitled to make 800,000 bricks and tiles, he used about 2000 yards a year which made the rent about 6d a yard.  The deduction for the building would be 4d or 41/2d … His profit on 1000 bricks was 6s 9d, on house tiles 22s 6d, on drain tiles 6d … (Note – SBH – This 1833 map reveals that the Duke owned lands at Granton hence his brick and tile interests there).

1850 – Frederick Jacob moves to Scotland from Middlesex.

1851 – Frederick Jacob and John Dean, bricklayers and furnace builders, Trinity Park, Edinburgh.

1851 – 1852 – Jacob Kemme, Granton Brick and Tile Work.

1852 – Frederick Jacob and John Dean, Richmond Cottage, Wardie, Edinburgh

Below – 1852 – Granton Brick and Tile Works.

Below – 1852 – Granton Brick and Tile Works.

1852 – 1853 – Granton Brick and Tile Works. This name applies to a brick and tile establishment a short distance South West of Granton and employs about 10 men. Occupied by Jacob Rennie (Kemme) the property of the Duke of Buccleuch.

1853 – Edinburgh Gazette – The partnership heretofore subsisting between the subscribers, Frederick Jacob and John Dean, under the firm of Jacob & Dean, Bricklayers and
furnace builders, Richmond Cottage, Wardie, near Edinburgh, was this day dissolved by mutual consent.
Frederick Jacob
John Dean.
W. MAann, Writer, Edinburgh, “Witness,
A. N. Clarke, Writer, Edinburgh, Witness.
Edinburgh, December 31,1853.

1854 – Frederick Jacob, bricklayer and furnace builder, Richmond Cottage, Wardie.

Robert E Jacob, bricklayer and furnace builder, Wardie Cottage. (Younger brother to Frederick).

1854 – 1855 – Jacob Kemme, Granton Pier Tile and Brickworks, Edinburgh.

1855 – 1856 – F Jacob – Brick and Tile Works, Granton.

1855 – 1856 – Frederick Jacob, bricklayer and furnace builder, Granton Pier Brick and Tile Work.

1855 – 1859 – Frederick Jacob, bricklayer and furnace builder, Granton Pier Brick and Tile Work.

Robert E Jacob, bricklayer and furnace builder, Wardie Cottage

10/11/1859 – The Scotsman – Bricks. Good composition bricks and also fire brick and fire clay can be had at Granton Pier or Leith. Apply to Mr Alex Wilson, contractor, Granton Villa. (Note – SBH – I am uncertain if this relates to the Granton Pier Brickworks or it may be a merchant operating from the pier. Added to this page meantime).

1860 – 1863 – Frederick Jacob, bricklayer and furnace builder, Wesley Cottage, Trinity.

1864 – 1890 – Frederick Jacob, bricklayer and furnace builder, Wardie Avenue, Ferry Road.

1866 – Frederick Jacob, bricklayer and furnace builder, Wardie Avenue, Ferry Road and at Newbattle, Dalkeith.

1867 – Frederick Jacob – Brickmaker, 4 Wardie Avenue, Edinburgh.

 

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