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Article brought back brickyard memories

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 29, 2014

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AFTER reading about the bricks that built the Black Country in The Bugle (May 8 edition), I can remember Hassel's brickyard situated near Maud Road, down the Lyng area.

I lived in the corner house by the drive that led to the brickyard.

Mr Wakeman, who lived in Dora Road, used to blast the banks for material for the brickyard.

A line of small trucks used to take the material down to the brickyard. They said all of the bricks built the house in Dora Road and Maud Road and Morris Street. I don't know if that was correct.

The place closed down just before the war started in 1939.

When they built the estate behind Maud Road all the soil from the banks around the brickyard was bulldozed down.

They covered the brickyard over as well as thousands of bricks also.

I haven't been down that area for years, it's hard to imagine what it was like and all the old pit shafts covered over.

They were starting to build the Lyng School when I left the area.

B.S. Fenton,

11 Hartland Road, West Bromwich.

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