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Report - Stewarby Brickworks - Bedfordshire - June 2019


dansgas1000

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For my second report on this forum I am going to be showing you the remains of the derelict Stewartby Brickworks site that I visited last month.

Stewartby Brickworks was the home of London Brick Company since 1900. At its peak, the factory produced a fifth of England's bricks, 500 million bricks a year! Stewartby, the village where the brickworks is located was originally named Wootton Pillinge but was renamed Stewatby in recognition of the brcikworks owners, the Stewart family.

Between the years 2005 and 2007, the brickworks struggled to keep up with the tougher emissions standards required and over £1 million was spent on the factory. In 2008, sulphur dioxide emissions we're still not met so the brickworks closed down, and has been left derelict ever since. In January 2018, demolition of the four chimneys on site we're approved, but they still remain standing today as they are listed - there may still be certain grounds to demolish them though.

Onto the explore - I have visited this place twice but almost all photos taken are from my first explore which took place in June 2019. I explored some of the main buildings however I kept away from the security hut so I did not access all of the buildings. There are bricks scattered around the site and by looking at the construction of the buildings it is quite easy to see that it was indeed a brickworks! I spent around three and a half hours exploring this place.

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The site is split into two halves by an active railway line.
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As you can see above, some buildings contained lots of Lower Oxford Clay all over the floor, this was used by the brickworks to avoid using coal.
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Hope you enjoyed! The explore was well worth the trip and there we're lots of interesting buildings to look at.
 

Pammyj

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Ooh I could spend a good few hours in there. Some nice pics there.
 

WilsonTheHuman

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Really nice! Stewartby's been on my list since I moved up here and I've still not done it. The lovely sunshine adds something to the shots.
 

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