Kersland Colliery, Lime and Fireclay Works, Dalry, North Ayrshire

Kersland Colliery, Lime and Fireclay Works, Dalry, Ayrshire.



Below – 1856 – Highfield Colliery appears to be just west of where the Kersland Colliery. Both appear to have been owned by the Oliphant family.

1867 – William Malcolm and Co, Fire Clay Works, Kersland, Dalry.

18/05/1878 – Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald – Messrs J and P Oliphant Kersland Colliery, Dalry beg to return thanks to their numerous customers for past favours and now intimate that they are prepared to sell coal and lime of first-class quality at the following prices:-

Best house coal  … 7s per ton.

Best smith coal (Triping) … 5s per ton.

Smith coal for smith use always on hand and at lowest rates. The renowned Highfield Lime … 7s 6d per ton.

1889 – The Scotsman – The colliery at Messers Oliphant’s pit at Highfield, who struck work on Wednesday last for 6d per day of advance had their terms conceded, and they resume work this morning.

Below – 1895 – Kersland Colliery.

09/07/1897 – Glasgow Herald – For sale – Kersland Colliery, Lime and Fireclay Works, Dalry, Ayrshire as a going concern. Apply to Olliphant and Wardlaw at the Colliery.

Below – May 1899 – The British Clay Worker – Messrs David Logan and Sons Ltd, Glasgow have just had erected on the site of the old furnaces near Dalry Railway Station, plant of the most improved description for the manufacture of bricks for building purposes. There is a 12 chamber Hoffman kiln and a grinding mill and moulding machine able to produce 12,000 a day. (Note – SBH – I am unsure if this article actually relates to the Dalry Works but I have added it here to ensure it is recorded).

26/09/1902 – Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald –  A new brickwork is being erected at Kersland Old Pit. The old blaize bings have come in profitable and useful but it will be a long time yet ere they are cleared off the face of the country. A bit of one at Todhills has come in handy for the new railway.

Information from Matthew Yuill, Ayrshire – Kersland Brickworks, at Kersland Colliery. Locally called Oliphants Pit. (These are a different Works from the one at Kersland No 2 Pit.) Mentioned in the Stat Account 1836, this pit had a drainage level which still runs freely into the River Garnock.1901 Home Office Mine list – Oliphant and Wardlaw, Coal, H & S, Fireclay and Limestone – discontinued. The fireclay was made into firebricks for furnaces, foundry cupolas and lime kilns. The old pit head buildings at Blair 9/10 have been built with Oliphant bricks.

1903 – Ayrshire Brick & Fireclay Company Ltd, Carsehead & Kersland Works, Dalry.

1940s – ‘The Survey of Scottish Brickmarks’ states the works were demolished by the 1940s.

Below – 2018 – Kersland Brickworks.


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