stewartby brickworks | quality is your only future

"By the end of its working life, there were only two kilns and three chimneys still in use, albeit producing a still impressive 135 million bricks per year. However, it wasn’t a lack of raw materials, lack of workforce, economic recession or strong competitor which caused the Stewartby Brickworks to finally close but the curious properties of Oxford Clay which made the Fletton Brick so economical to produce in the first place. The particular seam of clay beneath the Bedfordshire countryside was high in sulphur; and it wasn’t economically viable to equip the chimneys with the extraction plant necessary to remove these sulphurous emissions as required by the European emission directives."

View north of western shed (left), northern kiln (centre), centre shed (centre) and eastern shed (right). © Simon Cornwell 2009