The following bricks were found by Vladimir Smirnov near Perm, Russian. 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 . Below – BCM/Thistle. Below – Thistle.
Manuel Works, Whitecross, Linlithgow.
1928 – Alan Stein – John G Stein & Co Ltd.
1967 – Taken over by General Refractory Group, Sheffield – GR Stein Refractories.
1969 – Taken over by Hepworth Ceramic Holdings.
1997 – Taken over by an American holding company – Alpine.
1999 – Taken over by Cookson Group Plc – Vesuvius Premier.
? – Premier Refractories International.
Below – One of several such signs that used to line the entrance fence into the Manuel Works. Before and after – refurbished by Mark Buchanan. Trademark of Hepworth Refractories.
Below – Miniature bottle of malt whisky especially bottled for Hepworth Refractories in 1987 when they won the Queens Award for Exports.
Plus a Premier Refractories International keyring which doubles as a bottle opener.
Photo courtesy of George Risk.
Below – Another similar miniature of whisky but with presentation box. Photo courtesy of Alex Steven
The following items were donated by Harley Marshall, who joined John G Stein at the Castlecary Works in 1949 and thereafter became an Export Manager at the Manuel Works.
Below – A GR-Stein Refractories Limited folder that estimates etc would be sent out to customers in.
Below – Headed notepaper.
Below – GR- Stein Refractories penknife.
Below – A GR- Stein Refractories Notepad block – unopened. The photos show 2 side views.
Below – A GR- Stein Refractories book of matches showing fantastic detail on the match stems.
Below – GR- Stein Refractories golf tees and markers.
Below – A William Wilson & Co, Lilybank Boiler Works, Glasgow paperweight which Harley and his colleagues used in the drawing-room to hold drawings, of bricks, furnaces and other structures, to the draughtsman’s table.
Below – Manuel Works accident book from 1978 – 1991 – details employees who were injured at work. Kindly donated by The Sirius Group
Below – 2 large framed aerial views of the Manuel Works. Kindly donated by The Sirius Group