Stepends Brick Works ,Nr Plains, Airdrie

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Stepends Brickworks, Plains, Airdrie, Lanarkshire

Alternative brickworks include:

  • Newmains Fireclay Works, Morningside, Lanarkshire,
  • Mayfield Brickworks, Carluke, Lanarkshire


Stepends Brickwork was situated in the village of Plains 2 miles East of Airdrie on the Bathgate road. It used waste from the Ardenrigg Colliery. Ardenrigg Mine lay up in the hills above the Lily Loch toward Salsburgh, the output of 77,000 tons per annum of Anthracite Coal was carried by overhead Tramway down to Stipends Colliery on the edge of Plains and next to the Railway. The Stepends Colliery had a Coal Washer which served both Mines. The Coal dust and Dross from this Washer was utilised in Brick making onsite as a method of disposing of the Mining Spoil. These Bricks were stamped “Stepends” Both Ardenrigg and Stipends can still be accessed by road and the Farm on whose land both mines and Brickworks stood still exists.

The Ardenrigg Coal Co , coal masters, Plains, near Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, Scotland was established by John Gardner and John Gemmell in the late 19th century . In 1925 , the company was incorporated as the Ardenrigg Coal Co Ltd with a share issue of £10,000 in £1 shares. This was increased by a share issue of £11,000 in 1930. The Coltness Iron Co Ltd , coal and iron masters and steel and brick manufacturers, Newmains, South Lanarkshire, acquired a 95 per cent share in the company as part if its policy to acquire small pockets of undeveloped coal in the area. By 1946, the company had two mines sunk – the Upper and Lower Drumgray seams. The company was nationalised as part of the National Coal Board in 1947 under the terms of the Coal Industry Nationalisation Act 1946.


22/11/1937 – The Scotsman – Another brickwork for Lanarkshire – Lanarkshire is to have another new brick-work. The Ardenrigg Coal Co Ltd, Glasgow have intimated to the County Council that they propose to establish a brick making plant in the Bracco district and they will in consequence be transporting large quantities of materials over the Duntilland and Bracco highways to and from the site of the proposed Works. The County road surveyor, after a meeting with the Company, reported that they were prepared to make a lump sum payment of £500 towards the cost of repairing and maintaining the highways and in full discharge of any future liability. The offer has been accepted. In recent years brickworks have sprung up in many places in Lanarkshire. The bricks made are mainly composition manufactured from pit debris. A new plant at Leland is expected to commence production by the new year.

Below – 1935 – OS Map Stepends Brick Works, Plains, Airdrie


Below – 1935 – OS Map showing the relationship between Stepends Brick Works and Ardenrigg Colliery. Click on the 1935 link and note the ‘aerial cable’ joining the two sites.


Many thanks to James Kerr for much of the information contained on this page.

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