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Tileworks (Thirston)

This is the site of the "Eshott Tilery". It was operated from the 1860s, when the first edition Ordnance Survey map-makers recorded the site, till the 1880s. There were a number of clay-based brick and tile works in the south of Northumberland. These were mainly set up to produce tiles and pipes for agricultural drainage of the area, as well as producing bricks for the many developing towns and pit villages. That the site was marked as "Disused" in the 1890s suggests that this only produced agricultural materials; many of these sites were only short-lived from the 1850s to the 1880s when there was the need for agricultural drainage. The plantation name recalls the past use of the area; it is "Tilery Wood".

Reference number:N11868
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Event(s):DESK BASED ASSESSMENT, Southern Trunk Main Warkworth to North Gosforth. Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Assessment 2006; Tyne and Wear Museums

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Source of Reference
Local History of Thirston


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