Brick and Tile
By the 19th century, the principal employer in Bridgwater was the brick and
tile industry. By 1850, there were 16 brickyards along the river, on both sides
of the town bridge, with others at Combwich and inland. The main firms were
Sealys, Colthurst and Symons, Barham Brothers and John
Browne/Somerset Trading Company. Brick and tile was transported to the
Americas, North Africa and France. Another product was the Bath Brick,
which was a scouring brick for cutlery and other metalwork, made out of a
slimy and sandy river sediment. It was exported all over the world.
The majority of Bridgwater museum’s brick and tile collection is held at the
Somerset Brick And Tile Museum in Bridgwater, where the visitor, along with
brick and tiles, will find a large range of tools used in the manufacture of
brick and tile products. The brick kiln has been preserved and is now a
Scheduled Ancient Monument. Visitors are able to see what it would have
been like working the kiln.
Somerset Brick and Tile
Tel: 01278 426088.
Tuesday - 10.00am to 4.00pm
Thursday - 10.00am to 4.00pm
There is a small car park on site.
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