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Coffee Morning: Brick and Tile Workers’ Memories

Coffee Morning: Brick and Tile Workers’ Memories

29 Mar 2023

Bridgwater residents are being invited to share their memories of the brick and tile industry at a coffee morning to be held at Somerset Brick and Tile Museum on Friday 26 May.

The South West Heritage Trust, which runs the Museum, is appealing for local people to help create an archive that records the experiences of those associated with the industry.

Brick and tile manufacture was at the heart of Bridgwater’s economy from the 1800s onwards. It depended on the plentiful supply of local clay. Brickyards and kilns sprang up beside the River Parrett, and farther afield, producing an impressive variety of bricks, roof tiles and other wares. They were exported around the world, as well as giving a distinctive look to Bridgwater itself and to other West Country towns. The kiln at the Brick and Tile Museum was last fired in 1965.

Museum Manager Marie Emerson said: “We would love to hear from local people who worked in the industry, or had family members employed in the trade. As well as their memories we’d also welcome items such as photos, diaries, long service gifts or official company records.”

The coffee morning is being held at Somerset Brick and Tile Museum, East Quay, TA6 4DB, on Friday 26 May between 10.00 am and 12.00 pm (just drop in). Residents who are unable to attend, but would like to share their stories or memorabilia, can contact the Museum on 01278 426088 (Tuesdays only) or by email at

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