John Gilchrist Stein – fire bricks of great importance.

  • 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.

The following fire bricks were rescued by the late Joan Faithfull in 2001 when the Manuel Firebrick and Refractory Works, Whitecross closed down. These fire bricks had been kept by the management as they represented huge milestones in the company’s history. They were generously donated to my collection by Joan’s husband, Monty Faithfull and son, John Faithfull.

Harley Marshall, who had a long history with John G Stein and Co, confirms these 4 bricks were in his office at the Manuel Works, Whitecross.  He was appointed Export Manager at the Manuel Works in 1980. They were left in a cupboard when he retired.

Below – A fire brick marked Thistle 15/03/1904. This was the first ‘Thistle’ brick produced at the Castlecary Fireclay Works, Castlecary.

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Below – The stencilled rear.

Below – A ‘Nettle’ brick. Stencilled to the rear 11/05/1930. Manufactured at the Manuel Firebrick and Refractory Works, Whitecross. This was the first brick taken from ther first firing of Nettle bricks.

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Below – A ‘Stein Glasgow 1’ brick. Manufactured at the Manuel Firebrick and Refractory Works, Whitecross. This brick was taken from Kiln no 3 which in which were fired the first Stein Glasgow 1 bricks on 08/04/1938 as per the stencilled rear.

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Below – A ‘Nettle D’ brick. Manufactured at the Manuel Firebrick and Refractory Works, Whitecross. Label on brick states the brick was taken from the 1st car of Nettle D bricks made at the new plant on 13/05/1956.

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