~ Gallery - Industrial ~
Brick Works
Other Local Brickworks.
A small brick works at Ruiton is shown on an O/S map c1900, located between Club Row and Hill Street.
The works had disappeared by the 1920s, a row of industrial units were added in the 1940s, in the 1960s, one was an engineering works and another car repair business, these existed until the early 1980s.
The site had been cleared by 1987 after which a new housing development was built.
1870: Staffordshire Advertiser - 04 June.
Fatal Accident. —On Monday an inquest was held at Lower Gornal on the body of Harriet Perry, aged 15 years. On Friday afternoon the deceased was at the engine-house of Messrs. Woodall and Company’s brick works, when her clothes were caught in the cog wheel, and she was drawn between the two rollers which crushes the clay. The engine man immediately stopped the engine, and it was found that the deceased's two arms were completely torn from her body. Death took place instantaneously. The coroner thought that Gusford, the engine-man, ought not to have permitted the girl to remain in the place, and the proprietors were recommended to immediately provide a guard for the cog wheel. A verdict of accidental death was returned.
Two separate brickworks were shown on a 19th Century o/s map, south of the Himley Road, at least one of these belonging to the Oak Farm Estate, with the other site nearer to the Crooked House, both works had several kilns.
1851, James Bates, fire brick manufacturor, Ruiton. [Melville Trade Directory]
1851, Parker and Fellows, brick manufacturers and quarry owners, Upper Gornal. [Melville Trade Directory]
1865, Benjamin Hughes, brick maker, Lower Gornal. [Jones Trade Directory]