When I think of bricks, I always think of New Ferry shore where there is an abundance of them. They have arrived there by various means:- the old brickworks, land reclamation, shore re-enforcement, dumping and maybe demolition of a toilet block from the army camp and/or baths.
Many of the bricks have been eroded but I thought I see if I could get any names of bricks and had a good afternoon negotiating the mud, water, foliage and general assault course.
There were also tiles, lintels, stoneware, snooker table slate beds and many other interesting things which I might post at a later date.
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The London Brick Company owes its origins to John Cathles Hill, a developer-architect who built houses in London and Peterborough. In 1889, Hill bought the small T.W. Hardy & Sons brickyard at Fletton near Peterborough, and the business was incorporated as the London Brick Company in 1900. "Fletton" is the generic name given to bricks made from lower Oxford clay which have a low fuel cost due to the carbonaceous content of the clay. Hill ran into financial difficulties and, in 1912, a receiver was appointed to run London Brick. Hill died in 1915, but after the receiver was discharged in 1919, Hill's son continued to run the company.
The capital-intensive Fletton brick industry suffered from substantial variations in demand. After the First World War, amalgamations were proposed. In 1923, London Brick merged with Malcolm Stewart's B.J. Forder, who, along with London Brick, was one of the four main groupings in the Fletton brick industry. The new company, for a while called L.B.C. & Forders, went on to acquire other brick firms in the late 1920s, giving it a dominant position in the Fletton brick industry. By 1931, the company was making a billion bricks a year. In 1935, output exceeded 1.5 billion bricks, or 60 per cent of the Fletton brick industry output, and peak pre-war output reached 1.75 billion bricks.
During the post-war housing boom, Fletton brick sales increased, reaching a peak in 1967. Brick sales then began to decline, and the company diversified. London Brick Landfill was formed, and it began the tipping of household and industrial refuse into the old clay pits in the Marston Vale area. London Brick Landfill was merged into Shanks Group in 1988. Between 1968 and 1971, The London Brick Company also bought its three remaining Fletton brick competitors, including the Marston Valley Brick Company, giving it a total monopoly in the Fletton brick market. In 1973, its brick sales totalled 2.88 billion, or 43 per cent of the total brick market.
In 1984, the company was acquired by Hanson plc. In February 2008, Hanson closed brickmaking operations at Stewartby in Marston Vale owing to problems with meeting UK sulphur emission regulations, even though it met the EU regulations. Production of Fletton brick is now concentrated at Peterborough, while the Marston Vale site is being redeveloped for housing, and the new Hanson headquarters building is also located there.
As of 2010, the brick market stood at 1.5 billion, with Fletton brick accounting for less than 10 per cent.
I wouldn't bother - for me anyway. I can't see any of your illustrations.
Concrete from demolished air-raid shelters was dumped there too, although a high proportion of the bricks were dumped by a local entrepeneur, who lives adjacent to the river, in an attempt to save the cost of proper disposal whilst claiming it was to 'prevent erosion'
Of more interest is the growth of spartina on the mud, and in recent years reeds. I expect the beach will end up like Parkgate in the fullness of time.