Brick and Tile
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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.