Langbar Brickworks, Glengarnock, North Ayrshire

Longbar or Langbar Colliery, Beith, Ayrshire

Langbar Brickworks, Glengarnock – The brickwork lies to the east of Glengarnock Ironworks which was founded in 1843 and was the first ironworks in Scotland to change to steel making. Hunt’s Mineral Statistics of 1858 records the brickworks making 1,600 tons a year of taphole clay. In 1882, there were 9 blast furnaces and 3 Thomas Gilchrist converters were being constructed for steel making. Glengarnock was the principal works of Merry & Cunninghame Ltd., up to shortly before the 1914 war, when it became part of David Colville & Sons Limited. Source – The Scottish Refractory Industry 1830 – 1980 – Sanderson.

Below – 16/03/1849  – London Gazette containing an extract from the Edinburgh Gazette of March 16, 1849 – Langbar fire brick makers  – Russell and Wardrop – dissolved 03/03/1849 – to be carried on by Russell alone.

Longbar colliery 1849

1852 – Robert Wardrop, brick and tile maker, Head Street, Beith (Note – SBH – This appears to be his home address).

Below – 1855 – 1857 – Langbar Colliery. Robert Wardrop Pr. [Proprietor] James Crawford, William Colls. A colliery worked by steam power. There is also two brick kilns and a drying house attached to it there is no space for making the bricks as the clay is brought from a distance and the bricks are dried in the house by steam.

1856  – Langbar Colliery, Ayrshire.

Langbar Colliery


langbar brick kiln

Below – 07/11/1857 – Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald -Auction at Langbar Colliery … Including a variety of other articles connected with a colliery and fire brick works.

1858 – 1859 – Robert Hunts mining records – Tonnages of clay extracted. Glengarnock … Stopping clay for blast furnaces … 1600 tons.

1895 – No trace of the works on the OS Map.

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