The works seems to have been in operation between about 18. The1881 Census lists John Burgoyne as a brick maker and the 1884, 18 Kelly's list John Burgoyne at the Little Mill brick kilns.
The latter apparently took over the works as his name is listed against it in the 1906 Kelly's. The site was first referred to as the Little Mill Brick Co in the 1922 Kelly's Directory. The company changed hands another three times (R Blewitt, who possibly operated under the name "Cwmbran Fireclay Co", Henry Parfitt and GKN). There is also a CB 1 brick in a wall at the top of Upper Cwmbran Road, just below where the brickworks used to be. A modern bungalow now stands on the site of this former brick and tile works which was situated at the end of the road which goes down to Church Bay (Swtan).
A brick works appears to have been in the Little Mill, Pontypool area since at least 1850. Once possibly the most prolific of the Eastern Valley (Torfaen) works, it closed in the 1980s and is now a Go-Kart track. Burgoyne P P, a later product of J Burgoyne's works at Pontypool, photo by Richard Paterson. Coal for the firing of the kilns was delivered to the works via barges and ships and then moved by horse and cart up the slipway from the beach.
In 1926, Kellys lists the Abersychan Brick Co of Pentwyn, Abersychan.
In 1948, the Industrial Directory for Wales and Monmouthshire (IDWM) names the Abersychan Brick & Slag Co, but in the 1960 IDWM, the Abersychan Slag Ballast Co appears.
The London Gazette records that the 'New Alteryn Company' was put into voluntary liquidation in 1931, presumably as a result of the acquisition of the works by the Star Group. Jonathan Edwin Billups was born on 21 September 1827, in Charteris, Cambridgeshire.
This brick was photographed at the Fourteen Locks Canal Centre near Newport. Barry Docks was opened in 1889 and soon became the world's largest coal exporting port. The Empire State Building in New York is allegedly built on a foundation of these bricks. Photo by Richard Paterson B B, photo by Richard Paterson Photo by Richard Paterson A very old B B C example found at Cwmbyr Isaf, Risca by Phil Jenkins. He came to Cardiff, via Llanelly, in 1856-7, and soon became the principal contractor for the Taff Railway Company.
Photo by Gareth Thomas Thanks to 'Brotherglyn' for these Aberdare ones.
the Tanybryn brickworks (see separate entry) at Llwydcoed, near Aberdare, was established in 1906 on the site of the former Llwydcoed Ironworks, which had closed in 1875.
The colliery closed in 1894, so it is likely that the brickworks ceased to operate at around the same time.
The brick was photographed near John Brewers residence, the (now ruinous) Bovil Farm. The Bridgend Dinas Brick Co was situated at the tiny hamlet of Fountain near Aberkenfig in South Wales.
I remember 'the Quarry Line' being in use and I know that, eventually, Allens were taken over by General Refractories, later GR Stein, before closure in 1973.