Saturday, August 10, 2013
Most of the industrial equipment from the brickworks has disappeared but the kilns used to fire the bricks remain mainly intact in the 52,000 sq ft kiln house. The kilns are quite impressive and were originally 376 ft long and are known as tunnel kilns in which carts loaded with raw bricks would enter at one end of the tunnel and move along over the next 2 1/2 days going through areas of rising temperatures and then cooler ones until exiting as hard fired bricks at the other end. There have been some modifications made to the kilns by Evergreen since it seems that they have been shortened to provide better access to parts of the building. This is a shot looking down the interior of one of the kilns towards the starting point and shows the wonderful arched brick roof and the tracks on which the carts would have rolled.