Many thanks to Marco Machado for forwarding the following information. This brick was found near a power plant situated at the Patu Dam, Atintico Nordeste Oriental, Brazil. The dam was built c. 1919 – c. 1923. Bonnybridge Silica & Fireclay Co Ltd, Bonnybridge. alt Calder Firebrick Works, Airdrie, Lanarkshire. alt Chapelhall Works, Lanarkshire. Hepworth Ceramic…
The following bricks were found in the area of Mount Parker, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong by Jade Ling, Kenny Tang and team.
Jade is retired and states – In the past few years, I started to find historical remains in Hong Kong and searched for their background stories. The bricks attached are all related to a cable car system which built in 1892, 128 years from now. This 2.3 kilometer long cable car system was built in Mount Parker, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong by Swire Group, also known as Taikoo Group. The Engineering Times reported in 1899 mentioned that this system was the first ropeway erected for the carriage of passengers in the world. It operated for 40 years and came to an end. The pylons supporting the cable were destroyed. The only remains in the bushes were the concrete bases of the pylons.
During the past three years, I searched for such remains based on the information of articles and of maps. Apart from 24 groups of concrete bases found, we also discovered a trail alongside the route of the cable car. In several locations, we found steps built by bricks. There were English characters or Chinese words on some bricks. Please see attached. For more information, please have a look at the Taikoo Aerial Ropeway [1891-1932] in https://gwulo.com.
This is a link to all the bricks found during the project. Click me.
Below – Caledonia Fireclay Works, Paisley, Renfrewshire.
Below – Heathfield Fireclay Works, Garnkirk.
Below – This Heathfield has a thumbprint to the top right.
Below – c. 1911 – The Taikoo aerial ropeway.
Found by Janice Horne on the banks of the Fraser River, Mission, British Columbia, Canada. . . . . Below – ‘Gartcraig’ – Gartcraig, By Millerston, Glasgow.
This brick was found by Isabelle Leblanc in Sainte-Thérèse, Québec, Canada. Isabelle states that the brick was found at her house which was built in c. 1870. Below – ‘Hurll’ – Garnqueen Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire Alternative brickworks include: Gartliston Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Building bricks at Garscadden Works, Drumchapel.
This example was found by Graham Teede about 400m southeast of the old townsite of Kanowna east of Kalgoorlie, Australia. Graham states – Interestingly it was not near any other buildings as such which makes me think someone may have used it for a small furnace to smelt some gold. Although I’m sure there were fireplaces…
This brick forms a set of steps at a house owned by Margaret Lesjak at Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia. Broken Hill is a frontier mining town in the far west of New South Wales, in the Australian outback. Gartcraig Fire Clay Works, By Millerston, Glasgow. . . .
Found by Carol Woods on the shore of San Francisco Bay in Hayward, California. . . . . Below – The brick stamp should read ‘Patent R Brown & Son, Paisley’ – Robert Brown & Son, Ferguslie Fireclay Works and Caledonian Brick and Tile Works, Paisley, Renfrewshire
This was found by Glenn Robinson in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia. Glenn states – The homestead of Richard Amos Robinson and Sybella Robinson nee Pauley. They came from Heathcote, Victoria around 1908 and build their home in South Boulder/Kalgoorlie. The home was a 3 bedroom iron and camp home which was extended to seven rooms, Richard…
The following bricks are in the collection of Allan Hackett, Sydney, Australia. The bricks were all found in Australia. Below – ‘Glenboig’ and ‘Starworks Glenboig’ bricks – Glenboig Union Fireclay Company, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Alternative brickworks include: Glenboig Star Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Glenboig Fireclay Works, (Old Works) Glenboig, Lanarkshire Below – Shawsrigg Fire Clay &…
Found by Hock Keong in Singapore. Hock states – The Glenboig brick was found on Semakau Island, Singapore. Pulau Semakau, which was probably a prominent fishing village for many of the native sea folks for probably centuries, but were all resettled in the 1980s onto mainland Singapore. All the structures and homes were demolished, and…
Found by Hock Keong in Singapore. Hock states – This half a brick from a hilly area beside a road, Clementi Road, but which used to be Reformatory Road, before the road was re-named. The location is a short distance away from the grounds of the former Reformatory School which started in February 1901, for…