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    Intro
    Over year ago we visited this site and since then have had the urge to go back. After hearing demolition won't being until March we decided to pay a visit, again.

    The Brickworks
    Dating back to 1898 the works are the extension of Fletton brick making in Peterborough. The works started in Elstow and later spread to Wootton Pillinge and later became named Stewartby due to the brickworks.
    PaperWorks by KPUrbex

    Skipping some boring stuff.

    By 1936 the works was taken over by the London Brick Company through a merging of companies. This lead to the expansion of the site with the construction of two brick kilns which later became listed structures.



    Through the beliefs of the Stewart family the village of Wootton became the Stewartby Model Village wich allowed for better living conditions for Stewartby's workforce and allowed the plant greater control of the workers. The villages later became known as Stewartby parish. By 1936 the works had become the largest in the world, employing 5000 workers at its peak, producing over 500 Million bricks and was one of the many large industries of Bedfordshire.
    BluePrints_Stewartby by KPUrbex

    Throughout the 1970s the site produced 20 percent of England's bricks and had it's own Fire and Ambulance crews as well as sports facilities.

    In the last years between 2005 and 07 1Million pounds had been spent to lower sulfur dioxide emissions. The year 2008 was the last and the current owner, Hanson, closed the site as emission goals could not be met.

    Only 3 of the 7 original chimneys were destroyed with the remaining 4 being Grade II Listed structures. Two of the Hoffman brick kilns were also destroyed but 2 still remain today.

    The plan today for this site is for conversion to a housing estate with the chimneys to be demolished. The kilns are of special historical and architectural interest and they cannot be demolished.

    The Photos

    The Marston Vale line cuts between the works, here we see a Class153 bound for Bletchley below the chimneys.
    DogBox by KPUrbex

    We explored the western site as this was of the most photographic interest.
    Chutes_KPUrbex by KPUrbex

    Many chutes leading down to another level.
    Holes_KPUrbex by KPUrbex

    Something about the symmetry here.
    BrickLayers_KPUe by KPUrbex

    A number of workstations along the machines.
    CleanUp_KPUe by KPUrbex

    Wooden Machines
    WoodenMachines_KPUrbex by KPUrbex

    A view from the outside, featuring Explorer X
    BrickWorks by KPUrbex

    One of the chimneys

    Thanks for lookin'

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    Last edited by KPUrban_; 17th Feb 19 at 20:52. Reason: More photos
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    Quote Originally Posted by HughieD View Post
    Good work and nice set.
    Thanks alot, glad you like them.
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    Great Report KP, really like that shot of the train with the chimneys in the background
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    Good to see again, u did well to get the train pic without getting shopped, or was that where the footpath crosses?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikinGlynn View Post
    Good to see again, u did well to get the train pic without getting shopped, or was that where the footpath crosses?
    The train was taken from the end of the Bedford-bound platform using a 35mm lens.
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    Love the last shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by King Al View Post
    Great Report KP, really like that shot of the train with the chimneys in the background
    Thanks alot, I do have a similar photo from my first visit with a class 150.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stu8fish View Post
    Love the last shot.
    Thanks lot. Not my personal favorite, glad you liked it.
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