Vogrie Brick and Tile Works, Newlandrig, Gorebridge, Midlothian

Vogrie Brick and Tile Works, Newlandrig, Gorebridge, Midlothian.

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These works appear to have been in use in order to supply the local Vogrie Estate with bricks, drainage tiles and roof pantiles.

Newlandrig conservation area – source

Roofs on many older cottages are of gable form and retain their pantile finish. Most modern buildings are rendered with concrete or plain tiled roofs. There are skew gables, cast-iron guttering and chimneys in stone or render, with the occasional slate roof. Single storey cottage with pantile roof and skew gables. The area was originally surrounded by moorland and turf which was generally used on the roofs of vernacular buildings until the 19th century when they were replaced by pantiles manufactured at the Vogrie Estate brick and tile works, which opened in the 1800s

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1852 – The 1985 publication ‘A survey of Scottish brickmarks’ suggests that James Dewar operated the works around this time.

1852 – 1853 – ScotlandsPlaces – Vogrie Brick and Tile Works – “a small piece of ground on the Estate of Vogrie, the property of Mr Dewar, it is laid out and used as a place for the manufactory of bricks and other buildings on it for burning and drying purposes”

Below  – 1852 – 1853 – Vogrie Brick and Tile Works.

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Below – 28/01/1857 – The Scotsman – To Let – The Vogrie Brick and Tile Works – David Young, Overseer at Woodhead of Vogrie and Robert Buchan at the works.

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and it looks like the works were still up for sale 8 months later

Below – 28/09/1857 – Caledonian Mercury.

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01/12/1865 – Caledonian Mercury – Thomas Wylie, a labourer at Vogrie Brickwork was found guilty of trespassing in search of game on the estates of Vogrie on the 12th ult and was fined 8s and costs.

1867 – The 1985 publication ‘A survey of Scottish brickmarks’ suggests that John Christie operated the works around this time. (Note – SBH – I am uncertain whether Christie operated these works of the Vogrie Coal and Fireclay Works or indeed, both works).

15/09/1877 – The Scotsman – Bricks (red) at Vogrie Brickworks or trucked at Gorebridge. Apply Robert Thomson, Vogrie Brickwork, Ford.

13/05/1882 – Aberdeen Evening Express – George Shields Paterson, aged 8 years, has been drowned in a clay hole at Vogrie Brickwork, Gorebridge.

1890 – Robert Thomson, Vogrie Brickworks, Gorebridge.

Below – 1892 – Vogrie Brick and Tile Works.

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23/01/1895 – The Scotsman – A reference to a death provides that Mr and Mrs Thomson reside at Vogrie Tileworks, Gorebridge.

27/03/1896 – Portobello Advertiser – An article on a diamond wedding celebration and reference to Mr Gilbert McCall, manager of Vogrie Brickworks attending.

1903 – John Thomson, brickmaker, Dewarton, Midlothian.

1903 – Robert Thomson, brick and tile maker, Newlandrigg, Gorebridge.

27/12/1904 – The Scotsman – Reference to the death of Margaret Hope, the wife of Robert Thomson provides they reside at Vogrie Tileworks, Gorebridge.

Below –  1906 – Vogrie Brick and Tile Works.

Below – c. 1960 – Aerial view photograph of the Vogrie Brick and Tile Works showing what looks like a kiln in the bottom right.

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Below  – Vogrie Brick and Tile Works showing what looks like a kiln and storage shed – this is the same structure as referred to above.

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Below – 2 associated buildings for the Vogrie Brick and Tile Works.

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Below – The first photo shows the cottage at Vogrie Brick and Tile Works with the corner of the old brick byre and stables to the right. They are built from brick and have drainage tiles inserted for ventilation. A new building stands in the foreground.

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Below –

Left – drainage tile – 4 1/2″ high,  3 1/2″ widest, 2 3/4″ flat bottom.

Right – drainage tile – 2 3/4″ high, 2 3/4″ widest, 2″ flat bottom.

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Below – The ‘cobbled’ floor of the byre and stables is made from bricks

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Below – Inside one of the byres – the floor is laid with tiles.

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Below – Vogrie Brick and Tile Works – piles of pantiles stacked in the garden.

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The following products were found on site. None are marked but it is assumed all were manufactured at the Vogrie Brick and Tile Works

2 x pantiles

left  – 14″ x 10″

right – 15″ x 10 1/2″

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Below – Left to right

  1. Floor tile  – 9 1/4″ x 9 1/4″ x 2″
  2. long brick – 11 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 2 7/8″ – 3″
  3. frogged brick – 10″ x 4 5/8″ x 3 1/2″

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Below  – Drainage pipes – left to right

  1. Large – 8″ high, 6 1/2″ widest, 4 3/4″ flat bottom x 15″ long
  2. Medium – 3 1/2″ high, 3 1/4 widest, 2 1/4 flat bottom – unknown length as broken
  3. Smallest – 2″  – 2 1/4″ round – uneven diameter and unknown length as broken

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Below – An unmarked waster brick found on site.(misshapen during firing)

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Below – 2 drainage tiles.

1. Top – 14″ long x 4 3/4″ high x 4 1/2″ widest x 3 3/4″ flat bottom.

2. Bottom – 15″ long x 3″ high x 2 3/4″ widest x 1 3/4″ flat bottom.

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Below – 2 drainage tiles of the same size as the 2 above but they appear to have been fired with one inside the other. The firing has gone wrong with the larger and outer tile forming ‘bubble’ which have trapped the inner tile so it could not be removed.

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Fire bricks found in demolition rubble tipped into an old clay pit on site were  either unmarked or bore the stamps ‘Arniston 1960’ or ‘John Grieve Bankpark Firebrick Works’

 

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