Morningside brick found at a Palace in Firenze, Pistoia e Prato, Italy

Details and photograph have been forwarded by Carlotta Bigagli.

Morningside Fireclay Works, Wishaw, Lanarkshire

During an urban archaeological excavation in 2017, undertaken inside an historical palace in Firenze, Pistoia e Prato, Italy and commissioned by the Provincia di Firenze and directed by the SoprintendenzaArcheologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per la Città Metropolitana di Firenze e le province di Pistoia e Prato, 8 refractory bricks were found, all branded MORNINGSIDE .

They were found in the remains of a hot air heater dating from 1875.

The house dates from C. 1780. The property was sold to the State in  1814.

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Below – Also discovered during research was the estimate issued by the firm that built the heater in which it is said that they were going to be using British refractory bricks.  The relevant sentence translates roughly to “The apparatus would be of double external development, and internally in the outbreaks coated in English refractory bricks” (Note – SBH – The bricks recovered were actually Scottish ‘Morningside’ bricks.)

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Below – the preserved ‘hot air heater’

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