Tyne and Wear HER(8587): Birtley, Union Brickworks - Details
Birtley, Union Brickworks
Brick and Tilemaking Site
1879-1939 Kellet’s yard 1879-1897, manufacturer Birleson, Todd and Compnay 1908-1925, manufacturer Allison, English and Company 1934-1985, manufacturer Birtley Brick Company In 1908, the works comprised two office buildings, stable, seven kilns (each 20ft long by 15 feet wide by 9feet high); three steam drying sheds with cast iron floor plates, a modern Lancashire boiler, a horizontal engine, a Porter’s double pugmill, and cutting table, a feed pump, a cold water pump, two Pulsometer pumps, an engine and grinding pan, and engine and fan for the brick dryer. The plant and kilns in the Union and Team Valley brickworks combined was thought capable of producing four million bricks per year.
Davison, P J, 1986. Brickworks of the North East, 158, 159 site 4, 165-6.