Southhook Kilmarnock

Found by Ian Suddaby

This example is not in my possession.

Southhook Fireclay Works, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.

Ian states –  Electricity cable covers are almost always interlocking in one way or other and are usually slightly convex on top and flat on the base. 9″ x 4½” x 2½”. The channel is 3″ wide and 1½” deep. It might well be that covers which are brick-sized and have a moulded channel cut into the base for the cable are the earliest type and date to the first decades of the 20th Century at the latest. This one was made at Southhook Fireclay Works in Kilmarnock and the NB means North Britain. NB was used widely for postal addresses in the 19th Century but declined rapidly in the early 20th Century. None of these have been found before and the firing markings are lovely too.

(Note – SBH – There is a small possibility that this may also have been used as a gutter block for taking flows of surface water although these would usually be expected to be salt-glazed and at 1½” deep it would not carry much water).




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