Whitehill Collieries and brick works, Rosewell, Edinburgh

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Whitehill Fireclay Works, Rosewell, Midlothian.

Scottish Mining


1868 – Archibald Hood, Whitehill Colliery and Brick Works, Lsswade.

1869 – Whitehill, Dalhousie & Gorton, coal & brick depot, St. Leonard’s Station, & at Leith Walk station. Allan Old, agent.

1869– Archibald Hood, Whitehill & Dalhousie Collieries

1870 – 1871 –  Archibald Hood, Coalmaster, Whitehill Colliery brick and tile works, Lasswade p.53

Below – 06/06/1887 – The Scotsman – The Edinburgh Association of Science and Art  – The third excursion of the season took place on Saturday when 100 members visited Mr Archibald Hoods Collieries  and Brick Works, Rosewell, Hawthornden.

Below – 01/07/1889 – The Scotsman – East of Scotland Engineering Association visit to the Whitehill Fireclay Works.

1889 – 1890 –  Archibald Hood, Whitehill and Dalhousie Collieries, brickworks and Oil Works, Rosewell. p 675

11/03/1890 – Dundee Advertiser – The Lothian Coal Company Limited  – The subscription list will open tomorrow and close on or before 14th.

Directors include – Archibald Hood esq, Colliery Owner ( President of the Mining Association of Great Britain), Managing Director.

The purchase is to consist of the whole plant including 700 cottages, 600 waggons, buildings, locomotives and machinery of every description, also the extensive and valuable brick and fireclay works successfully carried on for many years at Whitehill.

19/10/1891 – Glasgow Herald – Wanted 2 brick moulders. Whitehill Brick Works, Rosewell, near Edinburgh.

1910 – Fireclay in the Coal Measures was being used in 1910 at Whitehill Colliery near Roslin to make firebricks and sewage pipes

22/12/1923 – Foreman wanted for Whitehill brick and fireclay works. Apply by letter, stating age, particulars of experience and wage required, to The Lothian Coal Co Ltd, Rosewell, Midlothian.

1953 – Part and parcel of the pit is the brickworks, awarded a prize last year as the best-kept brickworks in Scotland. The plant produces some 58,000 bricks daily. They are ‘baked’ in chambers holding 11,000 bricks at a time. Fuel costs are low. Five tons of coal were used last July to fire the chambers. Since then the bricks have baked themselves on the gases they produce.

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