Detail of former reservoir wall, Blaydon Burn

  • Description

    "The reservoir was built in the early C20th with unmarked red bricks. It was later partly repaired using bricks stamped with 'Cowen M'. These are fire-bricks made sometime after 1926 in Cowen's Brickworks at the east end of the valley. The factory, which opened in 1838, made 6 million fire-bricks a year. At that time a good hand moulder could make 2,400 bricks a day. The reservoir, now largely hidden by trees, may have supplied water for quenching coke, burned in ovens in the valley below, or as a general supply for Blaydon Burn Colliery. The Cowen Brick - probably the best brick in the world" Photo by Andrew Curtis, 2012.
  • Owner

    Andrew Curtis
  • Source

    Geograph (Geograph)
  • License

    What does this mean? Creative Commons License
  • Further information

    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 5 years, 4 months ago
    Viewed: 417 times
    Picture Taken: 2012-02-19
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