Keys to the Past

Minsteracres Tile Works (Healey)

A tile works is shown on old editions of the Ordnance Survey map. This site is thought to have been working in 1860 - the earliest Ordnance Survey map of the area is later than this. It would have likely produced agricultural drainage pipes and tile soles which stopped the cracking or mis-shaping of the laid pipes. There were many small tileries like this in the later half of the 19th century when government loans were widely available for the draining of high moorlands - by surface drainage ditches - and the clayey, lowland soils - by deeper drains. Later there were more chemical means of improving ground, such as guano and fertilisers, as well as nightsoil.

Reference number:N9812
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Healey

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