How to make a brick at Stewartby
Clay is cut from Lower Oxford clay by mechanical navvy
Clay is placed in crushing machine at the pit
Clay travels along conveyor belt to works
Crushed clay loaded onto conveyer belt for journey to works
Clay is crushed several times to remove impurities
Clay is mixed and tested to ensure uniformity of product
Common Flettons are left plain but patterned bricks are damped and have special finish added
Clay placed in brickmoulds and double pressed
Bricks sent along conveyor built to be stacked by hand
Brick stacks taken to kiln by forklift truck
Bricks are allowed to dry then sealed into kiln for start of 11 days firing cycle
Fired bricks are removed by fork-lift trucks to stacking sheds
Bricks are checked by hand and strapped ready for sale.