This posts follows on from my previous post, Field Trip – Inverkeithing Again.
I’d completed my search of the area around Inverkeithing and with time to spare and plenty of time until the rising tide covers the beaches, I decided to stop off in South Queensferry on my way back home. You can see North Queensferry at the far side of the Forth Road Bridge in the image above, Inverkeithing is behind the trees in the background.
My route started where I left the car, at the car park just next to the Forth Rail Bridge and follows the shore as far as the support columns of the Forth Road Bridge – the marina prevented any further progress, on this day anyway. Bricks were sporadic until the small beach just to the east of the Forth Road Bridge (above) where they can be seen in abundance, almost a true brick beach. However, many of them are extruded bricks – the tell-tale striations that run along their length mark them out – and none of this type of brick have brickmarks.
But all is not lost, as there are plenty of other brickmarks among them including, NIDDRIE, DOUGAL WINCHBURGH, BAR LAW, STERLING, ETNA, NCB ROSLIN, DOURIE, PENTLAND, BOGHEAD, AUCHINLEA, CRAIGEND, WINCHBURGH and WELLWOOD. I’m not going to show them all here as I’ve already covered all of them elsewhere on this website. You can follow the links to each if you wish. What I’ll include here are a few of the more interesting or unusual brickmarks and finds encountered on this trip.
The first I want to mention is this MUIR ARMADALE. I’ve come across few of these at different locations and some of them have been like this one, with the brickmark and frog showing this distinctive red colour. Not sure if this is simply paint – which I think would have been scoured away by the sea – or a part of the firing process.
The next, though incomplete, example is probably a FORTH, though I’ve not come across this style and size of lettering on other samples.
Next, just out of interest, a couple of PENTLAND bricks, each with a nice coating of frost. Not sure why these two bricks had frost on them while the neighbouring bricks were frost-free?
Bricks with the MUIR ARMADALE brickmark are common throughout the Lothians but the blue patches on this one caught my eye.
The London Brick Company is based in Peterborough, London and I’ve encountered small numbers of these English LBC PHORPRES bricks throughout the Lothians.
While the image below does not show it very well, this DOURIE firebrick is actually about double the size of an ordinary brick.
These two DEWAR fragments are probably from the Drumpark Brickworks, Bargeddie, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. I have a small collection of DEWAR brickmarks but this style of frog is a new one.
And finally, the only new brickmark of my visit to South Queensferry. This PATENT brickmark will require further digging to reveal it’s origins.
And to finish off the day, a nice image of the Forth Rail Bridge.