TM4796 : Brick fields

taken 7 years ago, near to Somerleyton, Suffolk, Great Britain

Brick fields
Brick fields
Nice isn't it. But as you can see from the title this wasn't so quiet 70 years ago. The Somerleyton brick kilns were here (a surviving one behind me), the clay was taken from pits in the tree line.
From about 1780 Somerleyton bricks were made here until the works closed in 1939. Some notable buildings of Somerleyton brick include York and Liverpool Street railway stations and a Belgian Royal Palace. Evidence of the buildings and kiln, now demolished, and the pits where sand was dug, abound. The 22 cottages at the end of the track were built between 1854 and 1875 for the workers and the staithe was constructed in order to transport the finished bricks via wherries.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 17 June, 2010   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 17 June, 2010
Category
Brick factory   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 479 967 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:30.7475N 1:39.1732E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 478 967
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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