Found by Swede Plaut at 98 Hale’s Hill Rd., Sedgwick, Maine USA. Swede states – I recently bought a piece of land and while doing some cleanup I uncovered these. They were at the surface, buried under plant matter. There is no record of any previous construction on this site. I am told that the…
I have added this due to the Scottish interest.
1673 – 1675 – The Cahoon Brickworks – Founded and operated by William Cahoone (Colquhoun) of Luss, Scotland, and Swansea, Massachusetts.
William Colquhoun (Pronounced Ca-hoon) was perhaps the first Cahoon to come to the colonies. He was from Dunbartonshire, Scotland. His descendant live all across the US. They have variations on the surname with the most common being, Cahoon, Calhoun, Cahoone, Cohoon, Colhoon, Colquhoun and Calhoun.
– taken prisoner in Dunbar, Scotland, during the Cromwellian Wars (1650)
-shipped as indentured servant to Braintree, Massachusetts (1651)
-freeman at Block Island, Rhode Island (1664)
-one of founders of Swansea, Massachusetts (1669)
-killed by Indians on eve of King Philip’s War while striving to get a doctor for the wounded of Swansea (June 24, 1675).
The plaque marks the site of William’s Brickworks in Swansea, Massachusetts and
is mounted on a boulder by the Swansea Luther Museum which houses what is believed to be one of the actual bricks from this operation.
Below – The script is the notice of William as the official brick maker for the town.
Source – Sourcing Scottish Redwares by George Haggarty, Derek Hall and Simon Chenery – In those areas of Britain where there were suitable clays and, generally, little useful stone available, bricks started to become popular in the mid-1400s. However, this was not the case in Scotland where there was an abundance of good building stone….
This brick was found by Emily Zeringue in a little town called Pierre Part, South Louisiana, USA. . . . . Below – Forth – Roughcastle Firebrick Works, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire.
Established in 1899, Alexandra Brickworks was the first brickyard in Singapore to produce bricks using modern machinery on a large scale. Iconic public buildings like the former National Library at Stamford Road, Tiong Bahru SIT flats and Gillman Barracks were built with these bricks. Below – “This 1956 photograph of Alexandra Brickworks show 3 tall…
This brick is in the possession of David Hensley from Kansas, USA. It was obtained from a fellow brick collector who resided in the State of Kansas. It is unknown where the original finder found the brick but it is assumed it was in Kansas somewhere. Roughcastle Firebrick Works, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire. . . .
Found by Eric and Amanda Hastings in the City of Troy, New York State, USA. Glenboig Union Fireclay Company, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Alternative brickworks include: Glenboig Star Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Glenboig Fireclay Works, (Old Works) Glenboig, Lanarkshire .
Found by Justin Hazuga in New Albany, Indiana, USA at the site of the old Star Glass Works factory. Wm Hudspith & Co, Wishaw Pottery and Brickworks, Wishaw. . . . .
This example was found by Sam Persons in New Sweden, Main, USA. They were buried under some very old crumbling concrete in the woods. Gartcraig Fire Clay Works, By Millerston, Glasgow. . . .
This brick was found by David W Garcia on Treasure Island, Budd Bay Inlet, Washington State, USA. Heathfield Fireclay Works, Garnkirk. . . . .
Found by Shara Haq at the former site of the New Albany/Star Glass Works site, near the Ohio River in New Albany, Indiana, USA. J & M Craig, Hillhead and Perceton Fireclay Works, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. . . . .