Foxley’s patent beaded bricks for gardens. It appears from the details below that these bricks were patented by J Foxley, Stony Stratford, Bucks, England. Contracts with brickmakers were then made allowing them to act as agents to make and sell the bricks. Certainly, in the case of William Hudspith and Co, Wishaw and Berry Hill…
09/12/1884 – Banffshire Journal -King Edward. New industry. The Seatown (Seaton)Brick Company, Limited, Aberdeen, who have for some time past been initiating inquiries as to clay deposits in this and other districts, have now decided to lay down branch works on the farm of Mr Duncan, Plaidy. The ground to be occupied is on the Craigston estate and will be about three acres and half extent, including sites for sheds, engine-room, stores, and probably dwelling-houses, when the amount of business has been ascertained. As the works will be within a mile of Plaidy Station, it is also in contemplation to connect them with the Macduff and Turriff Extension Railway. Since the closing of the Turriff Brickwork, no industry of the kind has been in operation to supply the district, and its absence has been greatly felt. Mr Duncan, architect, Turriff, will act for the Company in laying out the ground and planning the works.
29/12/1885 – Banffshire Journal – Events local and general 1885 – August – New brick and tile works opened at Plaidy.
11/07/1894 – Aberdeen Press and Journal … Plaidy brickworkers annual pic-nic and games took place in a field adjoining the brickwork. The attendance was pretty good and the various competitions were well contested …
Below – 1900 – Plaidy Brickworks – just south of Banff.
2 1/2″, 3″, 4″ and 5″ diameter drain pipes in 15″ lengths and best hard burned red bricks may be had from stock at Esslemont Station. Pipes above 5″ and under 2 1/2″ in diameter at Esslemont Brickwork. Customers calling at Esslemont Station please apply to the station master and at Esslemont Brickwork to Mr Massie, Esslemont Meal Mill.
Turriff and Plaidy Districts. Drain pipes all sizes and best hard burned red bricks may be had from stock at Plaidy Brickwork on applying to Mr W. D. Morrison.
Also for Slains, Auchmacoy and Pitlurg Districts. Drain pipes, all sizes in 15″ lengths may be had from stock at Pitlurg Station on applying to the station master. For particulars as to delivered prices at other stations apply to Seaton Brick and Tile Company Limited, manufacturers, fire clay, lime and cement merchants, Aberdeen. Estimates for all kinds of building and sewerage material also chimney cans, flower pots &c given on application.