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Brick Making

Horse drawn cart is being loaded from barge Constance.
In the background is Prentis Quay and the offices of John Prentis & Son and Kent Offices of Eastwood & Co, Barge owners and brickmakers. 
The Portreeve's house also stoopd on Prentis Quay
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Quayside at Milton
Horse drawn cart is being loaded from barge Constance. In the background is Prentis Quay and the offices of John Prentis & Son and Kent Offices of Eastwood & Co, Barge owners and brickmakers. The Portreeve's house also stoopd on Prentis Quay - Shmi00246-M
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Mr Wills (2nd on left) proprietor of Wills & Packham with one team of brickmakers. Workers in the brickworks
Bricks are on a barrow in front
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Brickworkers - Wills & Packham
Mr Wills (2nd on left) proprietor of Wills & Packham with one team of brickmakers. Workers in the brickworks Bricks are on a barrow in front Shmi00252-M
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Bricks are on a barrow
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Group of Brickmakers
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Brick makers - with a barrow of bricks
left to right: ?, ?, Harry Woolett, ?, ?, Sapper Spice
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Murston Brickies
Brick makers - with a barrow of bricks left to right: ?, ?, Harry Woolett, ?, ?, Sapper Spice Shmi04187-H
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Brick Workers And Brick Making Plant
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See other photos from this day when the Duke (centre in light suit) visited Sittingbourne & Milton

Man with moustache on left believed to be John Pratt, 4th Marquess of Camden, then Lord-Lieutenant of Kent b. 9/2/1872  Others are members of Burley Family- Shmi00254-M
The Duke of York Visiting Burley's Brickfield 1921
See other photos from this day when the Duke (centre in light suit) visited Sittingbourne & Milton Man with moustache on left believed to be John Pratt, 4th Marquess of Camden, then Lord-Lieutenant of Kent b. 9/2/1872 Others are members of Burley Family- Shmi00254-M
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Brick Workers
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Wider view across Milton Creek, Smeed Dean's brick works at Murston. Burleys Barge Yard
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Smeed Dean's Brick Works
Wider view across Milton Creek, Smeed Dean's brick works at Murston. Burleys Barge Yard Shmi00334-M
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Allen's double decker bus at Teynham
People fill the bus - believed to be 1913
An outing for Burley's brickfield workers.
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An Outing For Burley's Brickfield Workers. C1920
Allen's double decker bus at Teynham People fill the bus - believed to be 1913 An outing for Burley's brickfield workers. Shmi03310-H
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Here the Duke is presenting an awards to Mr William Mills of Charlotte Street. Three of the Burley brothers are in the picture.
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Duke of York Visits Burley's Brickfields
Here the Duke is presenting an awards to Mr William Mills of Charlotte Street. Three of the Burley brothers are in the picture. Shmi03585-H
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pic taken from Murston School. Two kilns made red bricks the rest made stocks.
The shed on the far right was a machine berth where William Chapel and his sons William & Geoarge used to make bricks. McKenzie's Reach is in the background with far right Adelaide Dock, left centre Burley's cement works with two barges on the blocks near the sail loft and far left is Crown Quay Reach. In the foreground bricks are drying in wooden hacks under louvres.  Shmi03680-H
The Upper Field at Murston in 1928
pic taken from Murston School. Two kilns made red bricks the rest made stocks. The shed on the far right was a machine berth where William Chapel and his sons William & Geoarge used to make bricks. McKenzie's Reach is in the background with far right Adelaide Dock, left centre Burley's cement works with two barges on the blocks near the sail loft and far left is Crown Quay Reach. In the foreground bricks are drying in wooden hacks under louvres. Shmi03680-H
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Pictures/posters of girls are stuck up above the machinery
Murston APCM Reds Brick Monarch
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Brick Workers in The Brick Plant
Pictures/posters of girls are stuck up above the machinery Murston APCM Reds Brick Monarch Shmi03675-H
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Auto plant at Murston
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APCM Sorters - Brick Workers
Auto plant at Murston Shmi04188-H
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Brickmaking industry
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Burley's Brickfields C.1920
Brickmaking industry Shmi03622-H
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Brick Workers
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Walking the brickfields
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Walking The Brickfields
Walking the brickfields Shmi00275-H
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Bricks & Brickmaking


Everything changed for Sittingbourne, Milton and Murston in the 19 century.


The building of Victorian London created a vast demand for bricks and this area had the raw materials to make the yellow Kent Stock Brick which was cheaper to make than the more traditional red brick


Among the great entrepeneurs were George Smeed (b 1812 d1881) and he began in 1846. By 1860 he owned expanding brickfields, shipyards along the creek and barges. The business traded as Smeed-Dean Co Ltd until 1926 when it was sold.


Other prominent names were Burley’s and Wills & Packham

Bricks | brickmaking | brickies
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