An A4 paperback with over 300 pages, weighing 870g. It costs £15. An inspection copy is available in the mill's cafe. All profits go to the mill.
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In the early 1980s, Peter Davison of Sunniside, Whickham, spent five years visiting the brickworks of the North East of England, many of them attached to collieries. He interviewed workers, observed the work in progress and recorded what he found in a meticulously written record, illustrated by photographs and his own exquisite drawings. This lost 'craft' brick industry was small-scale, very local, manually operated and rooted in Victorian-era practices. They have all now gone. Peter was there when it mattered and he is owed a debt of gratitude for his labours, his skill and his foresight.
Gateshead Libraries and Arts service printed 100 copies of his work in 1986, and since then, as copies become more scarce, the value of this unique work in capturing the details of a lost industry has increasingly been recognised. Peter agreed to the creation of a new edition, the proceeds from the sales of which go to supporting Path Head Watermill in Blaydon, above the Blaydon Burn site of Cowen's Brickworks. He provided background information and supplementary pages, and for all his help as the work progressed, there is much gratitude, not only from the custodians of the watermill and all the people who enjoy visiting and working there, but also everyone interested in bricks and the social and industrial history of the North East.