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Islay, Foreland Tileworks

Tile Works (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Islay, Foreland Tileworks

Classification Tile Works (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 37424

Site Number NR26SE 17

NGR NR 2721 6463

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Kilchoman
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NR26SE 17 2721 6463

The remains of this small industrial complex stand on the edge of marshland about 400m NE of Foreland House. The

L-shaped layout consists of drying-shed, engine-house and kiln, and there are traces of clay-pits nearby.

The foundations and upstanding masonry piers are all that now survive of the former drying-shed. It measures 30.6m in

length from N to S by 8.3m in overall width. The piers, which divide its length into ten bays, stand to a height of about 3m and are battered externally. The engine-house is a roofless shell about 10m square, at the centre of which are the

remains of a cylindrical clay-mixing machine of cast iron. This measures about 0.8m in diameter and was formerly

horse-driven by an overhead shaft from an internal horse-gang. The ruinous kiln, which forms the w limb of the layout,

is of a two-aisled updraught type, measuring just over 14m from N to S by 9.7m transversely and incorporating vaulted

and buttressed side-aisles about 3m in width.

This is almost certainly the plant that was described in 1843 as having lately been erected for making drain-tiles. (New Statistical Account 1845).

Visited May 1976



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