Norman Myles, 30 June 05: The National steel foundry(1914
ltd) in Methil is being demolished. The site has been used continuously
from the early 1800s and as a steel foundry since 1906. Prior to
that cyanyde was manufactured on the site and some of the earlier
buildings subsequently reused. During demolition twelve different
named bricks have been found. Most are from Fife brickworks but
one building built in the late 1890s or early 1900s is made of bricks
named "South Hook Kilmarnock" and "Kilgour &
Co Kilmarnock" Does anyone know when the brickworks operated
and where they were situated? Any information would be helpful.
From David McClure: Southhook is at NS383401.
The brickworks, which was associated with a colliery, closed in
1971. There is no trace of it on the first OS. I have a Southhook
brick, shown below. I have no information on Kilgour.
From Francisco Haro, 30 Sep 05: I believe the
"Kilgour" brick might have been misread .. could it have
been Gilmour & Co. Kilmarnock. Firebrick & Pottery Manufacturers
I have a pottery advertising material ashtray.... Southhook &
Shawsrigg Fireclay Co. Ltd. Kilmarnock. of which I'm trying to find
where the Shawsrigg connection is.
See map (1910) & photos attached. Southhook at top left hand
corner of the map.
Hope this helps...
From John Tennent, 7 Oct 05: Whilst reinstating
the kitchen fireplace in my 1906 tenement flat in Shawlands I discovered
that all the fire bricks are South Hook Kilmarnock bricks.
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