Workmen at Buccleuch Brickworks, Sanquhar

This photograph shows a group of workmen standing in front of a row of brick kilns at Buccleuch Brickworks.   The old place name of Bricklands tells us that brick making was a local trade in the Sanquhar area. In 1885 Matthew McIver opened the Buccleuch Brickworks on the site of the ancient brickfields. He was an early conservationist, inventing a system of drying bricks using exhaust steam from his factory engines. The Buccleuch, a fine quality terra cotta facing brick is often found on local buildings. 
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Buccleuch Brickworks, Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire
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(image) length 109mm, width 152mm; (mount) length 202mm, width 253mm
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