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Year

Name

Occupation

Location


Census

1841

Thomas Gilbert

Brick Maker

Brickiln Lane

Age 44

Census

1841

Edward Pass

Brick Maker

Whittington


Census

1861

John Bickernall

Brick Maker

Whittington

Age 37

Census

1861

William H Thomas

Master Brick Maker emp 5 men and 3 boys

Whittington

Age 32

Post Office Directory

1868

William Thomas

Brick Maker



Census

1871

Charles E Baggally

Proprieter of Brickyards

Whittington Hall

Age 37

Census

1871

Charles Payne

Brick Maker

Sparkes Square, Whittington

Age 32

Census

1871

John Bickernall

Brick Maker

The Green, Whittington

Age 48

Census

1871

William Bagnall

Brick Maker

Deans Wharf, Whittington

Age 42

Census

1871

James Evans & Father

Brick Makers

Brick Yard, Huddlesford

Ages 39 & 70

Kellys Trade Directory

1872

William Thomas

brick ma. & frmr

Huddlesford


Kellys Trade Directory

1876

Charles Edward Baggaley

Brick Maker

Huddlesford


Kellys Trade Directory

1876

William Alfred Thomas

Brick Maker

Huddlesford


Kellys Trade Directory

1876

John Owen & Co..

brick mas

Huddlesford


Kellys Trade Directory

1880

William Alfred Thomas

Brick Maker & farmer

Huddlesford


Census

1881

Harry Hodgkins

Brick Maker

Whittington (Huddlesford?)

Age 31

Census

1881

Joseph Hodgkins

Brick Maker

Whittington (Huddlesford?)

Age 33

Census

1881

John Herbert Untham

Brick Maker

Whittington (Huddlesford?)

Age 15

Census

1881

Charles Leake

Brick Maker

The Hurst Whittington

Age 21

Kellys Trade Directory

1888

Harry Hodgkins

brick ma

Huddlesford


Census

1891

William Chapman

Brick Maker

Noridon, Whittington

Age 27

Census

1891

Mary Hodgkins

Brick Manufacturer

Huddlesford Brickyard

Age 36

Kellys Trade Directory

1892

Mary Hodgkins (Mrs.),

Brick Maker,

Huddlesford


Kellys Trade Directory

1896

George Bates

Brick Maker

Huddlesford


Kellys Trade Directory

1900

George Bates

Brick Maker

Huddlesford


Census

1901

No reference to Brickmaker




Census

1911

Ernest Gilbert

Brick Kiln Burner

Huddlesford


Huddlesford Brick Yard

There were brickmakers in Whittington in 1840, but the industry did not take off until the 1870’s when William Thomas opened his brickyard at Huddlesford.  Clay was dug out of the local pits that are still in evidence today and the coal would have been shipped in by the recently completed railway line to the Cannock Chase coalfield.


The bricks were needed to build the barracks at Whittington.  William remained the master brick builder until 1880.  He moved to Mill Street, Walsall, wher he died on 9th November 1887.  The business passed over to Harry Hodgkins and his family until its eventual closure in the 1890’s.


Bob houghton


Historical Records

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