New residents of Chandler’s Ford may be surprised to hear that 120 years ago this leafy suburb of Eastleigh was the centre of a thriving brick making industry. Around 1895 there were four distinct areas of activity. These were sited near the following modern day roads.
1) Guildford Drive, Velmore Road.
2) Common Road, Common Close, Carne Close.
3) Julius Close.
4) On the site of the Chandler’s Ford Industrial Estate in School Lane.
At this last location there were no fewer than seven brickworks proprietors. Several of these works were connected by a railway siding to the main line at Chandler’s Ford station. One of the companies was Southampton based Hooper and Ashby who went on to found The Bursledon Brick Co., a works now preserved as a museum which is open to the public.
Researching the history of the brick making industry in Chandler’s Ford
I have been researching the history of the brick making industry in Chandler’s Ford and wish to make an appeal for information. It is possible that someone living in the area today may be related to one of the early brick makers and they may be able to shed light on their activities at the time. In addition I would like to hear from anyone in Chandler’s Ford who has found or perhaps dug up bricks with a distinguishing mark imprinted on them, perhaps in the form of a name or letters.
The names of the proprietors at the end of the 19th century were, Aslett, Carter (Edwin and William), Crook, Kenny, Macklin, Noyce, Playfair, Toole, White and Wren.
If you are able to help I should be grateful if you would contact me by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.