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Brickworks Walton, Vauxhall or Anfield area


Brickworks Walton, Vauxhall or Anfield area

Hello,

I was wondering if anybody could tell me if there was ever a brickworks in Liverpool, maybe around the Walton, Vauxhall or Anfield area.

It may sound strange but whilst walking with my 4 year old neice in Stanley Park one day she stated she “used to live around here but there was a brick makers then and horses”.

It would be really interesting to find out if there was indeed a brickmakers within the vicinity. Any information would be much appreciated.

Many Thanks
Julie

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11/04/2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

3 Comments »

  1. Hello Julie,

    I only have maps that go as far as Sleepers Hill for 1843 and there are no Brick makers or more correctly brick fields in this area.

    Regards

    Rob Ainsworth
    Liverpool History Society

    Comment by Liverpool History Society Questions | 11/04/2011 | Reply

  2. Hi Julie,

    I used to work in a brickyard making bricks at Cherry Orchard Brick company back in 1950 or so.

    Bricks are made from clay, and there is a Kimmeridge clay band running North through England.

    Often local places may have clay in the name, or are called Clay for that reason. Looking at google maps the nearest ‘Clay’ to Liverpool is Clay Lane between Trafford and St. Helens.

    Also during 1847 the Liverpool tunnel was built and perhaps brickworks were temporarily erected just for this purpose. Making bricks away from the clay source isn’t too difficult, since the furnaces were made of brick and ‘pug'(as we called it – a sort of clay slip used as a cement) and the bricks would be fired with coal furnaces.

    Most of the references I found on Liverpool subsoil indicate a sand or shale constituency, which makes sense.

    To get closer to your nieces intriguing remark, it would be good to look at what’s underground there first and how much development would have been in the area – houses, factories etc.
    Kind regards – john T.

    Comment by Liverpool History Society Questions | 11/04/2011 | Reply

  3. Julie, a little more information for you:

    Checking early subsoil & railway documents, one of the areas probably used was what was referred to as Moss Parr, where there was a 20′ seam of clay. Parr is on St. Helens’ doorstep, and Moss isn’t far away.
    My personal interest is where were the bricks made for the great Liverpool tunnel of 1847?

    Hope this helps a little.

    John T

    Comment by Liverpool History Society Questions | 11/04/2011 | Reply


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