(Note – SBH – I find the information on the brickworks at Aberhill, Denbeath, Methil and Wemyss very confusing with regards names and locations that seem to swap and move! If anyone can clarify the situation for me or point out information that is perhaps listed wrongly against a particular brickworks then please get in…
(Note – SBH – I find the information on the brickworks at Aberhill, Denbeath, Methil and Wemyss very confusing with regards names and locations that seem to swap and move! If anyone can clarify the situation for me or point out information that is perhaps listed wrongly against a particular brickworks then please get in touch.)
See also Wemyss brickworks aka Denbeath Brickworks, Denbeath – click me
In 2001 there was converse about a close-down because of the problem of obtaining suitable material to make bricks, one source of supply transported from the Cults, near Cupar having become discontinued…….
The following have served as ‘Works Managers’:—
Mr Robert Dee Marshall.
Mr Robert Simpson. ( Until 1949.)
Mr, James Thomson. ( from 1949 – 1984.)
1867 – Wemyss Brick and Tile Works, West Wemyss. Thomas Bywater Agent.
Pre 1906 – Bowman and Co ran the brickworks.
1906 – Wemyss Brick Company established.
26/07/1906 – Dundee Evening Telegraph – Wemyss new brickwork – The dismantling last winter of the brickwork to make room for railway sidings for the sinking of new pit at Denbeath, and also connection with dock extension at Methil, necessitated the erection of new works. Rising over the high land behind the huge washer at Denbeath the extensive new building can now be seen from all directions. The new premises are situated on the side of the mineral railway leading from the collieries the Wemyss estate, and also in direct touch with the dock. The electric motor-house 54 feet long, 15 feet broad, and 18 feet high. The mill breaking and preparing hall, which will contain two machines, is 46 feet broad and 53 feet long. One of the machines has been brought from the old works, and is fitted into position. The kiln a model of the Hoffman patent type. It is twelve chambered, each chamber 17 feet long and 9 feet high, the length the egg-shaped building being 115 feet inside. The kiln is heated from the top. It is claimed in this way there is great saving of coal. Each kiln can be fired separately, but by altering the dampers the hot air can be directed into a chamber of green brick, other flues carrying away the superfluous air. It is estimated that the kiln will keep the machines going. A chimney stalk 120 feet high is being built.
Below –18/03/1910 – Bellshill Speaker – Wemyss Coal Company Ltd use 4 million bricks to line shafts in new coal mine (Presumably Wemyss bricks were used).
Below – 02/03/1990 – Perthshire Advertiser – Wemyss Brick Company – Manufacturers at Methil since 1906.
2001 – Works closed?
2004 – Works dismantled.
Below – NCB wagons of coal at Wemyss Colliery and Brickworks.
Below are some advertising give aways for the Wemyss Brick Company – a spirit level key ring, a block of notepaper and a business card.
Source – Tilcon coloured mortar, brick and block directory 1989
Clay bricks – wirecuts.
Wemyss leven multi rustic
Wemyss leven multi dragface
Graces Notes Scotland – An interview with Gary Nurse, a former employee with the Wemyss Brick Company.