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The Brickmakers of Coxhoe

A legacy of a community that is built upon or near to a limestone escarpment are the natural resources that comes with it. Just one such resource is clay that is suitable for the production of bricks, tiles and earthernware pottery. Scattered around Coxhoe and its outskirts are the scars of an industry long since vanished. Careful exploration of the landscape will reveal claypits, some filled with water that provide fishing as a leisure time activitiy or others that are hidden by overgrown area of trees.

During the 1980's when the Coxhoe link road was constructed pottery kilns were uncovered on a site opposite the former Black Horse public house at the bottom of Station Road West. A number of clay pipes were discovered in an area known as Cornforth Pottery.

An area of Coxhoe is known as the Pottery and it was here that Ralph Carnaby, The Harwood family, The Cowburn family and a succession of other individuals produced bricks, tiles, rough earthernware and even clay pipes ove a great many years. The links below provide articles and information about those involved in the brickmaking process.

In 2015 The Pottery was developed for housing and as part of that an archealogical survey had to be carried out. It tuirned uop some very interesting results in terms of the structures uncovered rather than the scarcity of artefacts. A full report conducted by Archeaological Research Services Hebburn based office can be found below.




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