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Lewis, Garrabost Brickworks

Brickworks (19th Century), Tile Works (19th Century)

Site Name Lewis, Garrabost Brickworks

Classification Brickworks (19th Century), Tile Works (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Stornoway Brickworks; Garrabost Brick And Tile Works

Canmore ID 4399

Site Number NB53SW 8

NGR NB 50700 33177

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish Stornoway
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

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Garrabost Parish Church, c.1910. Commodious, piendroofed hall matching those at Barvas and Cross, formerly the United Free Church Brickworks, founded mid-19th century by Sir James Matheson, a red brick building now with corrugated iron roof, converted to a byre (kilns all demolished). Like Matheson's chemical works, the enterprise was ultimately a failure. Meal Mill, 1893 Mill building of locally quarried stone, with kiln and stables of Garrabost brick. The mill, which ceased fulltime operation in 1956, has an overshot wheel formerly powered by water from Allt-nan-Gall (no longer working), and what is believed to be the only surviving example of a Simplex Oil Engine, dating from 1908, and still operational. The meal mill was restored to full working order in 1988-90 and produces barley flour used by the local bakery.

Taken from "Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Mary Miers, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press

Archaeology Notes

NB53SW 8 5085 3318

(Location cited as NB 508 331). Brickworks, Garrabost, mid 19th century. Founded by Sir James Matheson. A onwe-storey and attic, red-brick building with corrugated-iron roof, now a byre. Nearby are open-cast clay workings.

J R Hume 1977.

Garrabost Brick and Tile Works. This works operated from 1844 to before 1897, and its site has now been cleared.

G Douglas and M Oglethorpe 1993, visited 1981.


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