At one time Armadale had 44 chimneys, and many people will remember the last one to be demolished – the Etna Lum – in April 2012.

Clay was a by-product of mining and Armadale Bricks were famous all over the world.

The Brickworks on the Etna site were opened in 1897 and owned by the following companies;

1897 Etna

1905 United Collieries Ltd

1947 United Fireclay Products Ltd

1981 Steetly Brick

1983 Carradale – Also known as Glasgow Iron and Steel Company, Limited (GISCOL)

The Armadale bricks were unique having being made from shale clay which was difficult to work with, but made a harder more durable brick.

As you walk around Armadale, you may find some of our bricks in the most unusual places!

To read more about Armadale’s Brickworks  on please click here

To view a video which was taken in Etna Brickworks 1985, click here  (opens in new window)

To see more photos of Etna Brickworks and read more from Carnmore click here (opens in new window)

To view excellent photos of Etna by TeEnZiE after it was closed click here (opens in YouTube)

Photo by John Wells

Photo by John Wells

Map of Lower Bathville 1917

Map of Lower Bathville 1917

Bricks on the Road near Northrigg

Bricks on the Road near Northrigg