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    Watnall Brickworks sits by the M1 motorway between Hucknall and Watnall in Nottinghamshire.

    Watnall used spoil from the local mines, which was then crushed to a fine powder. This was then mixed with water, put into moulds and baked for about two weeks. This produced cinder blocks known as common bricks, which were used like breeze blocks of today, for the inner walls of buildings. The brickworks also supplied 'puddle' bricks to the East Midlands collieries.



















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    Despite living not too far from here, i hadn't heard of this place! must take a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaputnik View Post
    Despite living not too far from here, i hadn't heard of this place! must take a look.
    Have seen the chimney's when I've been driving up and down the M1, never taken the detour on my way home to have a good look though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaputnik View Post
    Despite living not too far from here, i hadn't heard of this place! must take a look.
    Quote Originally Posted by 85 Vintage View Post
    Have seen the chimney's when I've been driving up and down the M1, never taken the detour on my way home to have a good look though.
    Its worth it for a half hour explore. We still haven't hooked up yet Kaputnik.
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    Just pm'd you about another interesting place near here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaputnik View Post
    Just pm'd you about another interesting place near here!
    Looks like a good place
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    RIP Watnall Brickworks.




    Thanks for letting me know 85 Vintage.
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    RIP indeed, another East Midland landmark bites the dust
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    Why was there no planning for this?

    I only went to the brick works once but always liked to see them as I drove down the M1. That the owner / developer has made Britain a blander place.

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    Glad i went to see these with 85vintage a few months back and get some pics after seeing Neosea's report.
    like the cooling towers that were demo'd in sheffield, it'll be strange to pass the area without the familiar sight of these chimneys from now on.

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