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Report - LBC Stewartby, "The Largest Brickmakers In The World"

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. dweeb

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    As I'm sure you all know Stewartby closed after a century of brickmaking in 2007. The local area was dominated by its landmark chimneys, and boasts one of the finest model villages in Britain. The village was built for the workers of the brick works, and is still stunning today, like going back in time...

    The chimneys were awarded Grade II listing, but it would seem that is pretty meaningless...


    As it stands most of the works is still intact, awaiting demolition. I am in awe as to how the place has got away with such a small amount of modernisation! I can actually understand why it was closed, the whole place is like stepping back into the 1950s. Much of the plant seems to be of that vintage, and even the worker's mess rooms are furnished with 50's and 60's chairs and mirrors!

    In one office, drwaings, plans, letters and ephemera was piled high in box files and chests of drawers, some dating back as far as the 1920's!

    The top of the kilns is a lovely place to be. Blue sky, four epic chimneys, and surrounded by wild flowers and butterflies, lovely!!

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    #1 dweeb, Aug 21, 2009
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2009

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