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Posted on 04/07/2008


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STAR BRICK AND TILE LLANTARNAM NEWPORT MON (PIPE SECTION)

STAR BRICK AND TILE LLANTARNAM NEWPORT MON (PIPE SECTION)
Found:Chapel Lane, Pontnewydd, Cwmbran; pipe section.
A former employee of the Star Brick & Tile Co on Llantarnam Road in the 1970s has stated that Star Brick & Tile had factories in Ponthir (the Head Office), Malpas, Allt Yr Yn in Newport, Risca and Morriston, Swansea. Kelly’s of 1881 lists “The Star Brick and Tile Co Ltd, Llanvihangel-Llantarnam” (on Llantarnam Road, Cwmbran); in 1937 Kelly’s lists “Star Brick & Tile Co Ltd, Llantarnam Road, Cwmbran; Caerleon, Newport; and Risca, Newport”. The DOQ 1941-42 lists “Star Brick & Tile Co Ltd”, in the DOQ 1957-58 there is an entry “Star Brick & Tile Co Ltd; works: Penrhos works, Caerleon; Malpas Road, Newport; Altyryn, Newport; Waunvawr Works, Risca, Llantarnam Works”. The DOQ for 1973 is the last entry for the Star Brick & Tile Co, although “National Star Ltd Newport” continues to be mentioned up until the IDWM for 1978, its last entry.
When the Llantarnam Road works of the Star Brick & Tile Co was taken over by Hepworth Pipe in 1964, production was moved to the Gwent Pipe & Fire Brick Co.
'Special Reports on the Mineral Resources of Great Britain', HMSO, 1920, states that the Llantarnam works of the Star Brick & Tile Co brings fireclay from the Varteg Deep Black Vein Collieries Ltd, Varteg, Abersychan by rail (GWR). "Grog" is added consisting of old firebricks, and calcined sandstone from the company's clay pit adjacent to the works (Comment: "The Eighties") in which a fine section of red marls with interbedded sandstone is exposed. These marls furnish the materials for the red bricks and tiles manufactured by the company, who make sanitary pipes also.

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