Wellwood Brickworks, Dunfermline, Fife

Wellwood Brick Co. Works, Dunfermline, Fife.


1934 – The 1985 publication ‘A survey of Scottish brickmarks’ suggests that these works were operated by Stewart and Son at this time. (Note – SBH – I believe this may be John Stewart and Sons who also operated the Anniston Brickworks, Inverkeillor, Angus).

22/05/1937 – The Scotsman – New Fife brickworks. The steadily increasing demand for bricks for housing schemes in West Fife has resulted in the formation in Dunfermline of a private company, which intends to engage in the manufacture of bricks on an extensive scale. The works are to be erected alongside the Leadside Colliery of Thomas Spowart & Co . (Ltd) at Wellwood and the blae output of the pit will be utilised in the works, in which kilns and brickmaking plant of the most up-to-date description will be installed. It is hoped to make a beginning with the production of bricks in September.

06/11/1937 – The Scotsman – New Scottish Companies – The Wellwood Brick Company Limited, Wellwood by Dunfermline. Private company to carry on the business of the manufacture of bricks and fireclay goods. Capital £15,000 in £1 shares. Subscribers James Stewart, J.D.Stewart, Charles Stewart and William Stewart all building contractors, Phoenix Lane, Dunfermline.

09/03/1840 – Dundee Courier – Man wanted to drive a Chaseside Fordson shovel, permanent employment. State experience and wages required to Wellwood Brick Company, Wellwood, Dunfermline.

07/02/1941 – Dundee Courier – Excavator for sale – 1/3 cube Chaseside excavator, new August 1940 – can be seen at work any day between the hours of 8 am and 4.30 pm. Wellwood Brick Company Ltd, Wellwood, Dunfermline.

10/01/1942 – Yorkshire Evening Post – Burner for Hoffman kiln wanted at once in Fife, Scotland. Free house and good wage to competent man. Apply Wellwood Brick Company Ltd, Wellwood, Dunfermline.

Below – 1946 – Wellwood BrickWorks (The works are not detailed on the 1924 map).

Below – 06/09/1946 – Dundee Evening Telegraph – Fire at Wellwood Brickworks.

30/05/1955 – Dundee Courier – Man to train in brick machinery maintenance. Some engineering experience an advantage. Good conditions and wages based on a 5 day week. Small house available. Also a man for burnt kiln. Apply Wellwood Brick Company Ltd, Wellwood, Dunfermline.

Early 1970s – The 1985 publication ‘A survey of Scottish brickmarks’ suggests that these works were operated by The Hepworth Group around this time.

25/03/1977 – Wishaw Press – Several mining applications were recommended for approval by the committee … Wellwood Brick Company Limited for the working of Allanton Fireclay Works, Newmains was approved …

Below – The Scottish Industrial Archaeology Survey published a report in 1985 entitled ” A survey of Scottish brickmarks. During the compilation of this report in which the survey officers visited working and derelict brickworks sites, many items of interest were donated or found. Many of these items were thereafter donated to the National Museum Scotland. The item below is one of these items. A brass stamping plate marked ‘Wellwood’ and an associated brick.
wellwood and brass name stamp

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