(Note – SBH – There is some confusion regarding bricks stamped AFTON with regards their exact origins. There was the Afton Brick and Tile Works at New Cumnock, the owners of which opened a brickworks at Sanquhar in 1852 and then much later there was the Afton Brick Company Limited which operated the brickworks at…
Nithsdale Iron Works, Brick and Tile Works, New Cumnock, East Ayrshire aka New Cumnock Iron Works.
1851 – 1852 – George Clennal, (Clennell), superintendent, Nithsdale Brickworks, Straid, New Cumnock.
Below – 15/10/1852 – Glasgow Herald – Nithsdale Iron Works for sale … The leases of the mineral fields connected with and immediately adjoining the works are extensive and contain clay band ironstone, several seams of workable coal, superior fire clay with a brick and tile work fitted with machinery of the best description (which has been in operation for several years, yielding a handsome profit for the sub-lessees).
Below – 07/09/1855 – Montrose and Brechin Review – New Cumnock Iron Works for sale. … The leases of the mineral fields connected with and immediately adjoining the works are extensive and contain clay band ironstone, several seams of workable coal, superior fire clay with a brick and tile work fitted with the machinery of the best description … (Note: so which brickworks were these. Bank Brickworks were situated very close to the ironworks but they appear to have been on the go after the ironworks died. I am not aware of Bank making fire bricks either but the article suggests that fire bricks were made at the mystery brickworks. Perhaps they only made firebricks for the ironworks?)
Below – 17/06/1859 – Newcastle Courant – When the Nithsdale/New Cumnock Iron Works were up for sale again in 1859 there is no specific reference in the particulars to there being an associated brickworks to the site.