Many thanks to Terrence Honore and the Palmiste Historical Society for the following information. These Scottish bricks were found on the Cedar Grove, Canaan Palmiste Estates, Trinidad. They were formerly owned by Scotsmen like the Lamonts. A chimney of bricks from that era 1810, still stands, along with bridges and a few other structures. The…
Interesting theory regarding the variations of the same ‘Newbattle 1862’ stamp found on a number of bricks in the Dalkeith area.
Ian Suddaby states – This photograph charts the disintegration of the brickmark within a wooden mould. The letters and numbers were made of metal and must have been either screwed or riveted onto the base of the mould. Over time and without maintenance, the letters become either loose or completely detached. Why they didn’t repair the mould boxes is beyond me, producing bricks with partially detached or missing letters is hardly good for the company reputation you’d think.
So, from the bottom left clockwise:
The brickmark is in good order.
The E has become partially detached and misaligned.
The N has also become partially detached and misaligned
The N & E remain partly (but differently) detached
The N & E have broken off completely
The T & L have also broken off and the second E is partly detached
So we end up with EWBAT 1862. I’m not claiming all these were made over days or weeks in a single brickmould. I don’t know how many mould boxes a small brickworks would have but this decline might well indicate a general lack of time and money. They aren’t good quality bricks, the presence of surprisingly large stones has caused several to crack but they are very attractive.
Made at the old Newbattle Brick & Tile Works in Newtongrange, Midlothian, Scotland and found nearby.
Found by Nina C Baker in the Glasgow area. I am not in possession of this example. Although the date area of the brick is broken it looks fairly certain that it reads 1865. (Far right of the bottom line of text). Gilchrist & Goldie Old Langside Road Glasgow. . .
Found by Paddy and Daisy MacDonald in the New Cumnock area. This example is not in my possession. Dated 74 for 1974 and 3 cored. There may be a ‘9’ stamped to the right of the main stamp. Afton Brickworks, New Cumnock. . .
Found by Paddy and Daisy MacDonald in the New Cumnock area. This example is not in my possession. Dated 73 for 1973 and 3 cored. Afton Brickworks, New Cumnock. . .
Found by Alan Robertson and Nikki Seats in the Alloa area. 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. The 19 3 45 appears to be a date. This is a very large heavy special….
Found by Dr Ian Law at Balmore near Torrance. This example is not in my possession. (Note – SBH – This is recorded meantime as 1893 but it may read 1898). James Goldie and Son, Crow Road, Partick. Goldie, James & Son, brickmakers; Works, Sandyacres, Langside Road, Coplawhill, Victoria Road, Shawfield Toll, Rutherglen Road and…
Found by Wilma Zielinski in Cullen. This example is not in my possession. The ‘1893’ looks like a date but it may simply be an order or customer number. Heathfield Fireclay Works, Garnkirk. . .
Found by Griselda Estrada de Acevedo and Marta Diaz in Colon Province, beyond Nuevo Tonosí, Panama. This was found on the family farm. Many thanks to Cristhian Acevedo for sending the photograph and information. Gilchrist & Goldie Crow Road Partick Glasgow 1882. . . .
Found in the Alloa area by Alan Robertson and Nikki Seats. Clackmannan Brick And Tile Works, Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire. . . . .
Found by Alan Robertson and Nikki Seats in the Alloa area. Clackmannan Brick And Tile Works, Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire. . . . .