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Bonshaw Tile Works, north west of Bonshawside, Kirtlebridge

A Scheduled Monument in Annandale East and Eskdale, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.0434 / 55°2'36"N

Longitude: -3.2122 / 3°12'43"W

OS Eastings: 322637

OS Northings: 572773

OS Grid: NY226727

Mapcode National: GBR 6B03.CW

Mapcode Global: WH6Y1.MHLH

Entry Name: Bonshaw Tile Works, NW of Bonshawside, Kirtlebridge

Scheduled Date: 20 February 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7554

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: pottery

Location: Annan

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument consists of the upstanding remains of the former Bonshaw Tile Works, comprising a two-chambered Newcastle Kiln and associated earthworks marking the site of workshops, processing plant and drying sheds. The Bonshaw Tile Works was established in the latter half of the 19th century to produce lightly fired tile field drains and from 1896-1911 also produced common pressed red brick.

The horizontal draught kiln is constructed of squared rubble, with substantial masonry buttresses at the SE and NW and is characterised by two brick-lined vaulted chambers each incorporating a pair of fireboxes, and four flues which lead to a single chimney. The fireboxes are now partially blocked with brick rubble and the chimneys are no longer extant. A linear feature to the E of the works marks the track of a tramway which linked the complex with a clay pit from which the raw material was extracted. To the W, a siding connected the tile works to the Kirtlebridge, Annan and Drayton branch of the Caledonian Railway. SE of the kiln, a swampy area denotes the former site of a pond while depressions indicative of several other dammed ponds, now breached, are just visible to the N.

The area to be scheduled is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 125m NW-SE by 160m NE-SW as marked in red on the accompanying map extract, to include the upstanding remains of the two-chambered Newcastle Kiln, earthworks indicative of former buildings associated with the tile works, depressions marking the site of former ponds and a portion of trackway. Excluded from the scheduling are the remains of a World War II Nissen hut which lies at the extreme N end of the site.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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