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Date 20 November 2011

Event ID 879387

Category Documentary Reference

Type External Reference


Local knowledge records that there was a brickworks on Benbecula, located near where the telephone exchange now stands. It was set up by Lady Gordon Cathcart to provide employment for island men following the potato famine and produced bricks and tile drain pipes. Clay was extraced from the surrounding area.

The brickworks were demolished in the 1960s prior to the construction of the telephone exchange. A steel structure at this location was referred to locally as being part of the brick press.

Dunskellar School and a house at Sollas, North Uist, are known locally as being constructed from bricks from the Benbecula Brickworks.

Information from Angus Macdonald, Benbecula, per Susan Casey (RCAHMS),

20 November 2011

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