Possible unidentified brick works, Isle of Skye

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I am struggling to find details relating to a possible brick or tileworks on the Isle of Skye. I am aware of  anecdotal references that suggest there may have been and they both relate to the same area that being Waternish Estate, Isle of Skye.

  1. Please see this page on my website which relates to Allan and Mann Glasgow bricks being used to construct a lodge at Waternish – click me.

A local at Waternish has suggested that the bricks found at the lodge came from a brickworks in ‘Bay’ – Waternish is on the shores of Loch Bay.  The Allan and Mann bricks definitely were not manufactured on Skye but perhaps there are other unmarked bricks lying around which may have been manufactured in a small local works?

2. Many years ago Nick Basden was on the Isle of Skye and had occasion to speak with a local at Bay, Stein, Waternish. Bay is basically an area of 2 to 3 houses.  There were several hummocks in the grass land and a local suggested that these were overgrown mounds of clay which was brought into the end of the loch and dumped. There was also a suggestion that a nearby white coloured cottage had internal walls constructed of ‘Stein’ made bricks. (Not Stein as John Gilchrist Stein, fire brick manufacturer, Castlecary and Whitecross etc)

3.  George Kozikowski states – ” “just before Stein is Bay (hence Lochbay) with some of the ruinous buildings still identifiable. They used the local clay and made bricks and field drain pipes and may have used local lignite as a fuel source. I have an example of a pipe given to me by someone in Harlosh. I was taken to the site some 10 years ago by someone who was researching it but can’t remember his name”

Below – photographs of the possible clay mounds as taken by Nick Basden.

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Below – 1877 – Stein Village, Waternish, Isle of Skye – no reference to a brickworks.

Below – 1877 – There is reference to an old lime kiln situated at the end of Loch Bay. (On the 1901 map, the kiln structure is still shown but it is not detailed as being a lime kiln so I assume it was disused by this point)

The existence of the above brick and tile works is backed up by this undated phamplet on the Industries of Skye and Lochalsh. The following photos were again kindly forwarded by Nick Basden.

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(Note – SBH – I would be delighted to hear from anyone that has information on these potential brickkworks on Skye)

 

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