At The Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum


Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum



Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

Bursledon Brickworks was founded in 1897 by the Ashby family. The Ashbys were brick makers in Chandlers Ford until the clay deposits there were exhausted. There was abundant clay at the new Bursledon site. Initially the clay was extracted close to the buildings. As time passed the clay was worked out further and further away, finally being brought to the works on a overhead cable system from the clay pits, now the lakes that form the Swanwick Nature Reserve.

The original 1887 works (the southern complex) was added to in 1903 with the addition of the northern complex. With the extra capacity, the brickworks was producing in excess of 20 million bricks a year. But it wasn't just the size which enabled this enormous production. The Ashbys were innovators and inventors. New kilns were developed which enabled all year round production of fired bricks. New machinery was invented to automate many of the hand processes. New processes were introduced to produce different surface finishes on the bricks.

The brickworks was a family run concern until after the Second World War when it was amalgamated with the Sussex and Dorking Brick Company and became Redlands Limited in 1959. As time passed, the clay used in making the bricks had to be brought from further and further away. Labour was increasingly expensive and the disruption caused by the construction of the M27 was the final straw. The brickworks was no longer viable and it was closed in 1974. Twenty years passed and the old brickworks fell into a state of dereliction and were in danger of disappearing altogether, when it was saved and given listed status.

Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum


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