Spinella

Found at the old site of the Jenny Lind Brickworks, Motherwell adjacent to the old Ravenscraig Steelworks site.

Spinella was a trademark of General Refractories (GR) and manufactured at their Worksop Works. When GR and John G Stein and Co amalgamated (GR-S) it is likely that Spinella bricks continued to be manufactured at Worksop but it is possible that manufacture was switched to the GR-S Manuel Works, Linlithgow to suit demand but this would have meant production plant modification. (For research but in the meantime, I will record them on my website due to the brand connection with a Scottish manufacturer).

  • 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.
I have found a reference to GR-Stein Refractories, Bonnybridge, Scotland selling Spinella MCA  bricks – Spinella being a Chrome – Magnesite brand brick … see example products on 1977 – 1979 sales invoices. It may be of course that such bricks were ordered from Worksop.
Spinella KM Brand bricks – special blocks 457 x 451 x 150 part of Chrome  – Magnesite brand bricks

Spinella KM  240 x 240 60 / 42 – £1491.99 per tonne

Spinella MCA E.A Mark 522

Spinella MCA 200 X 198 X 103 / 96.2 MK 620 End arches

Spinella MCA 200 X 198 X 103 / 82.0  MK 220 End arches

Spinella MCA 200 X 198 X 60 / 53.2  MK 20K closure

Spinella MCA 200 X 198 X 80 / 73.2  MK 20L closure

Spinella MCA brand – burning zone – with 16g lipped steel sheets % cardboard spacers attached end Arch 200 x 198 x 76 / 55 – £ 260.50 per ton.

Below – Bricks stamped Spinella, GR’S Spinella ( GR’S – General Refractories) and Spinella DF.

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A broken Spinella brick found at the Glengarmock Iron Works, Beith, Ayrshire.

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