Stewartby Brickworks, Bedfordshire | March 2021

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STEWARTBY BRICKWORKS | MAR, 21

The Explore

So, I was travelling out to Cambridge to do some drone shoots for a company, and I'd heard much about this place, and as I was passing, I could not pass up the opportunity to have a quick visit, and yes, I know this place has been done to death, but I love huge industrial explores, So I ventured in and found much left behind, which is a surprise as I thought vandals would've taken over, first post on here in a little while, but hope everyone likes this :).

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History


At its height, Stewartby was the largest brickworks in the world. In 1936, Marston Vale was home to the world's biggest kiln and 167 chimneys, producing 500 million bricks per year, and employing over 2,000 people. During the post war housing boom, there was an enormous demand for bricks to help reconstruct Britain.

Originally two Wootton farming settlements, Wootton Pillinge and neighbouring Wootton Broadmead, the Wootton Pillinge LBC village was in 1936 renamed Stewartby, taking its new name from the Stewart family, directors of London Brick Company since 1900. The family's son Sir Malcolm Stewart had amalgamated LBC with the Forders Company in the village in the 1920s.

Stewartby was the largest brickworks in terms of output in the world. The site closed in 2008 as the owners, Hanson, could not meet UK limits for sulphur dioxide emissions. The four chimneys remaining were due to be demolished upon closure but these have since been listed for preservation of Bedfordshire's brick-related history and will remain.

More than £1 million was spent on Stewartby Brickworks in 2005–7 in an attempt to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions.

The factory used Lower Oxford Clay, which is made up of 5% seaweed, formed 150 million years ago when it was on the sea bed. This removed the need to add coal to the fire, as the organic material burned.

Stewartby Brickworks closed in May 2008.

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