Wallhouse Fireclay Mine, Torphicen, West Lothian operated by John G Stein to supply fireclay to their Manuel Works at Whitecross. C 1960 TO 1981.
During ground works in March 2018 at The Manuel Works, Whitcross, several piles of what appears to be grog ( ground up firebricks) were uncovered.
Gordon Wyle kindly obtained a sample of each for me.
The piles are locacted in the area of the attached aerial view map.
Ex employees at the works confirm that this is where the grinding mill was situated which pulverised fire bricks into grog.
Grog is crushed firebrick. This is added to unfired fire clay mixes prior to the actual moulding of new firebricks. It is added to control the drying and firing behaviour of new bricks.
19/05/1900 – Bellshill Speaker – Motherwell and Belshill Railway Bill – …. John G. Stein, sole partner of J.G Stein, brick manufacturers, Bonnybridge said the firm’s business was hampered on account of there being only one railway to Motherwell; the rate to Motherwell was shamefully high……….. Below – 21/06/1913 – Falkirk Herald – Michael Connor,…
The following steel / iron spheres were found following ground works taking place at the Manuel Works, Whitecross. Charlie Sim states – ” those iron balls were for the Johnson ball mills there were 4 of these, 2 in each mill shed. They were the final process on the crushing lines and pulverised and heated the…
These two balls were found at the Manuel Works, Whitecross during ground levelling activities. They measure 9″ in diameter which is about 1/4″ larger than a football. Many thanks to Alex Steven and Harry Wilson for the following information. Harry – “These balls are probably slag retention balls which were made at Manuel of magnesite based…
Stein, Castlecary Fireclay Works, Castlecary, Stirlingshire. Stein, Manuel Firebrick and Refractory Works, Whitecross, Stirlingshire. Stein & Co, Anchor Brickworks, Denny, Stirlingshire. Milnquarter Fireclay & Gannister Works, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire. ******************************** Source Falkirk Heritage and Archives. J G Stein, G R Stein and Hepworth Ceramic Holdings. Castlecary Brickworks, Bonnybridge, Falkirk Established November 1902 – 1979 Construction at…
Stein, Castlecary Fireclay Works, Castlecary, Stirlingshire. Stein, Manuel Firebrick and Refractory Works, Whitecross, Stirlingshire. Stein & Co, Anchor Brickworks, Denny, Stirlingshire. Milnquarter Fireclay & Gannister Works, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire . . Main pic – Sign at entrance to works. Canmore Information by David Leask Information – Falkirk Community Trust. Below – 23/02/1929 – Falkirk Herald –…