- Mar 17, 2018
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IntroOver 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 BrickworksDating 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.
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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.
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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 Marston Vale line cuts between the works, here we see a Class153 bound for Bletchley below the chimneys.
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We explored the western site as this was of the most photographic interest.
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Many chutes leading down to another level.
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Something about the symmetry here.
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A number of workstations along the machines.
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A view from the outside, featuring Explorer X
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One of the chimneys
Thanks for lookin'