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Report - Hammill Brick Works - Kent - October 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Will Knot, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. Will Knot

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    A bit of history.......

    Hammill Brick Works operated from a site at Woodnesborough, for over 80 years until the downturn in the building industry forced their eventual closure in 2008. The brickworks was built mainly on the site of the old Woodnesborough Colliery, and utilised some of the buildings there, although there have been newer structures added to the site over the years. Currently standing derelict and seeking a buyer, some areas of the site look as if they were abandoned almost yesterday!

    The largest brickworks in the Dover district was undoubtedly at Hammill Brick Works, which is sited on the former Woodnesborough Colliery site. Works at the site started in 1910 but the colliery operation never progressed beyond the sinking of two test shafts and the construction of surface buildings including an engine house, workshops and a chimney. In 1923, after the First World War, the mine was sold to Pearson & Dorman Long, owners of Betteshanger Colliery. In due course the site was sold on to the Hammill Brick Co. who built a brickworks on the site using some of the old colliery buildings and working clay extracted from a nearby clay seam within the Thanet Beds geology The brickworks opened in June 1927 and continued in operation until 2006. When the brickworks opened a two foot gauge line was built parallel to the standard gauge line and ran between the brickworks. Despite attempts to keep the site working the brickworks finally shut in 2008.

    The explore.........

    Whilst in the area, I had heard that the site was finally under the hammer and wanted to take a quick look before it was taken.................enjoy :thumb

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    Trust you enjoy the report, thanks for looking :thumb I Will Knot ;)
     

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