Found by Drew Mitchell in the Fife area. This brick came from an internal, original wall of Drews house and is therefore dated 1892 as per the house build. Appin Brickworks, Townhill, Dunfermline. . . . .
Lochside Coal and Fireclay Company Limited, Townhill, Dunfermline.
12/04/1902 – New brickworks at Townhill opened by Lochside Brick and Fireclay Works (Journal p4 col 7)
Below – 1905 – Advert Lochside Coal and Fireclay Company
2/11/1906 – Lochside Fife Lochside Coal & Clay Co – George Ritchie, 35, Miner. Roof Fall. The blaes in the openings of the old stoop and room workings is worked for the purpose of making bricks, and while deceased was shovelling, an overhanging piece of the blaes fell and fatally crushed him. The part did not seem to be sufficiently timbered.
21/09/1907 – Dundee Courier – At a private meeting of Dunfermline Town Council yesterday it was intimated that Messrs H & D Ness, Lochside Coal and Fireclay Company had agreed to pay 1d per ton for the refuse at a bing at Muircockhall, which they intend using in the making of bricks. (According to this article the Lochside brickworks had previously offered 1/2d per ton which had been rejected – 20/09/1907)
1908 – Kenneth W Sanderson states the Lochside Coal & Fireclay Works took over the Appin Fireclay Works in 1908.
27/11/1909 – Dundee Courier – Lochside Coal & Fireclay Co Ltd, Lochside, Townhill near Dunfermline. Capital £40,000 in £1 shares of which 20,000 are preference and 20,000 are ordinary. Private company formed to adopt an agreement by Lochside Coal and Fireclay Company and to carry on the business of coalmasters etc. Subscribers:- Henry Ness Jun, Coalmaster, Townhill and David William Ness, brick manufacturer, Lilybank, Dunfermline.
Below – 20/09/1911 – Dundee Courier – Fire at Lochside brickworks.
1912 – 1913 – Lochside Coal & Fireclay Co Ltd, Townhill, Dunfermline.
Below – 24/09/1926 – Dundee Courier – Men charged in August with preventing miners gaining access to the Lochside fireclay mine. Found guilty and sent to prison.
Below – 08/09/1926 – Dundee Evening Telegraph – Lochside Fire and Coal Company pit re-opens (ongoing strike).
Oct 1934 – Photo forwarded by George Hunter. Source Wheels around Dunfermline and West Fife by Alan Brotchie. Lorry being loaded with bricks from the Lochside brickworks.
Below – 03/06/1937 – Dundee Courier – Fatal accident at the Lochside fireclay mine.
1938 – Lochside Coal and Fireclay Company Limited, Townhill, Dunfermline; Mine name – Lochside No 1, 2 and 3; Situation – Dunfermline; Manger – A.D McLuckie; 71 employees below ground and 11 above ground.
Below – 1938 – Lochside Coal and Fireclay Works.
Below – 25/03/1938 – Dundee Courier – Permission to extend kilns.
Below – 21/10/1938 – Dundee Courier – New kiln and chimney at Lochside Brickworks.
Below – 1944 – 1967 – Lochside Coal and Fire Clay Works.
28/11/1964 – Dunfermline responds to “more bricks” appeal – feature on brickmaking – Wellwood Brick Co, Lochside Coal and Fireclay, Lassodie (p22)
1964 – Hepworth Iron Company ( HIC ) – A subsidiary company – The Lochside Coal and Fireclay Company Ltd. -has acquired the whole of the issued shared capital of Loudon and Russell Ltd. of Newmains, Wishaw, Lanarkshire and also the fixed assets of the Cumbernauld Pipeworks from the Glenboig Union Fireclay Company Ltd.
Below – c. 1970 – The entrance to the Lochside Works off Townhill Road. (Many thanks to Drew Mitchell for forwarding the photograph.
1975 – The 1985 publication ‘A survey of Scottish brickmarks’ suggests the works closed around this time.
Undated product catalogue for Lochside Coal & Fireclay Co Ltd and Loudon & Russell Limited – Standard catalogue of clay drainage pipes and fittings.
Trademark – Hepseal jointed pipes. Sel sealing joint fitted at factory eliminates cement/mortar and greatly speeds laying. Flexibility of joint safeguards the pipeline against ground subsidence.
“A pipe dream come true”
Hepseal – for sewers
Hepline – for road drainage
Hepduct – for conduit
Lochside Coal and Fireclay Company Limited seems to have been a subsidiary company of the Hepworth Iron Company which will explain why the Hepseal products etc referred to above are listed on a Lochside catalogue and on Hepworth literature – Grace’s Guide