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Report - Stewartby Brickworks

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Underground_Jazz, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. Underground_Jazz

    Underground_Jazz 28DL Full Member
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    Alright

    Ok, a site that has been done a fair bit, but I thought I would post up my pics. They were taken in 2010 I believe.

    For those, that don't know, here is a bit of history;

    Stewartby brickworks was home to the world’s biggest kiln and produced 18 million bricks at the height of production.

    BJ Forder & Son opened the first brickworks in Wootton Pillinge in 1897.

    Wootton Pillinge was renamed Stewartby in 1937 in recognition of the Stewart family who had been instrumental in developing the brickworks.

    The firm became London Brick Company and Forders Limited in 1926, and shortened to London Brick Company in 1936.

    At the height of the industry’s production there were 167 brick chimneys in the Marston Vale.

    In the 1970s Bedfordshire produced 20% of England’s bricks.

    At its peak London Brick Company had its own ambulance and fire crews, a horticultural department and a photographic department, as well as its own swimming pool inside the factory, and ran a number of sports clubs.

    More than £1 million was spent on Stewartby Brickworks in 2005-7 in an attempt to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions. It closed in 2008


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