Lumphinnans brickworks, Fife

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Little seems to be available on the internet regarding the actual Lumphinnans brickworks which were situated adjacent to the ironworks. It is highly likely that the clay was manufactured into bricks to soley line and reline the iron works furnaces and perhaps lived and died within the life of the ironworks itself.

Appeal – If anyone has any information on these works of indeed a brick marked Lumphinnans or one with a different brickmark but believed to have been made at Lumphinnans then I would be delighted if you get in touch.

Scottish Mining Website ……….It may be added that the great body of the miners in the district of Lochgelly live frugally, and are in comfortable circumstances. The Lochgelly Iron Company’s. Sick and Funeral Society was established in 1852, and it now numbers 342 members; a similar society was formed in connection with Lumphinnans Iron Works in 1859, and it now numbers 50 members; and there are other benevolent societies in Lochgelly with which many of the workmen in the surrounding collieries are connected. At present, the wages in the district average from 4s to 6s 6d per day, and though from time to time agitations have been raised for increased remuneration, strikes are comparatively few – the last one, which was general throughout the county, having taken place in 1852 – and an amicable compromise between managers and men is in most cases effected without great difficulty.

Of the various collieries which we have thus noticed, it will be found that there are sixteen engines, varying from 8 to 100 horse-power, employed for the purposes of the Lochgelly coal and iron works, their total strength being 542 horsepower. Four engines, from 84 to 400 horse-power, are in use at the Lumphinnans furnaces and pits, and their combined horse-power is 768. Adding these two totals together, we have an aggregate of 1310 horse-power, or (assuming, according to James Watt, the celebrated engineer, that five and a-half men are proportionate to a horse) a strength equal to 7205 men. What a concentration of power! The uses of steam are so endless that we dare not attempt a summation of them ; we “put a hook in the nose of the leviathan, play with him as with a child, and take him for a servant for ever ”  [Fife Herald 2 November 1871]

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Below – 1856 – Lumphinnans brickworks, Fife

1856 OS Map - Lumphinnan brickworks, Fife

Below – 30/07/1892 – Dundee Corier – The prospectur for the Cowdenbeath Coal Company Limited….. The company has been formed for the purposes of acquiring, working and developing several collieries and works in Fife including Foulford Estate Colliery and brickworks, and Lumphinnans colliery, ironworks and brickworks.

Below – 1894– Lumphinnans Brickworks

1894 OS Map - Lumphinnans Brickworks

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