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Report - Loxley Brickwork via waterworks

spoonface

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a bit of history copy and pasted from ol' wiki
During the 1800s the Loxley Valley became an important producer of refractory bricks for the expanding Sheffield steel industry. The bricks were used to line the furnaces and were made from ganister, a sort of sandstone and from fireclay from the Stannington pot clay seam which was prevalent in the Loxley area. Many ganister and fireclay mines existed in the area supplying the local firms of Siddons Bros. (Ganister), Thomas Wragg & Sons (Old Wheel Brick Works) and Thomas Marshall and Co. (Storrs Bridge Brick Works) and later Hepworths, which sprang up in the district and produced the bricks. Refractory production ceased in the area in the 1990s.Wraggs and Marshalls along with Dysons at nearby Stannington, specialised in manufacturing fireclay based casting pit refractory hollowware for the steel industry worldwide. Carblox, part of the Marshall group, shared the Storrs Bridge Works site manufacturing carbon blocks for use in hearths in blast furnaces.

a little story to my accidental discovery of this mini gem.

after leaving the city centre with my friend Goobs, on the bus we eagerly anticipated, what i think is the gem in the crown jewels, of Sheffield's Urbex scene. we ended up in Bradfield only a stones throw from Dyson ceramics, this would have been my second time visiting. but to cut a long story short we were in the wrong valley so decided to have a look up the overflow of the Damflask reservoir.

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after this we discovered another smaller pool.

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then before long we wandered upon the brick factory. didn't get many photos but here you go.

one of the kilns.
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