SH4094 : Beehive Kiln, Porth Wen

taken 49 years ago, near to Burwen, Isle of Anglesey/Sir Ynys Mon, Great Britain

Beehive Kiln, Porth Wen
Beehive Kiln, Porth Wen
One of the three beehive kilns on the site of the abandoned Porth Wen Brickworks.
Porth Wen Brickworks

The abandoned brickworks at Porth Wen lies on the north coast of Anglesey, a few miles to the west of Amlwch. It was opened to make refractory bricks for use in the steel industry.

It is believed that the manufacture of bricks on the site began around the turn of the twentieth century. The type of brick produced was based on the local yellow clay rather than the usual red house brick. They were capable of withstanding higher temperatures that normal bricks and may have been used for the lining of kilns and furnaces.

Despite the high quality brick and tiles produced, transport was always a problem for the brickworks as all raw materials and products had to be transported by sea. A small quay was built for the loading and unloading of ships but the poor harbour became a big hindrance to profitability. As well as the effects of tides, a heavy swell was often encountered and the small vessels were often battered while at the quayside; the sharp, jagged rocks of the seabed caused much damage to the craft so that many owners refused to risk their ships mooring there.

The works closed at the start of the First World War and most of the useful equipment and machinery was removed to be used by a firm in Caernarfon some time before the Second World War. Most of the remainder has slowly rusted away ever since.

Recommended further reading:
LinkExternal link (Dave Sallery’s History of Porth Wen Brickworks)
LinkExternal link (Anglesey Hidden Gems)

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Date Taken
July 1972   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 10 June, 2011
Geographical Context
Coastal  Geological interest  Historic sites and artefacts  Industry 
Place (from Tags)
Anglesey 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 4020 9461 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:25.4403N 4:24.3826W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SH 4021 9460
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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Brickworks  Brickmaking  Kilns 

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