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The Bursledon Brickworks, now in the Borough of Fareham in Hampshire, was founded in 1897 and produced the famous Fareham red brick. Today it is the last surviving example of a Victorian steam powered brickworks in the country.[1] The brickworks were sold to Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust,[2] and can be visited as the Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum.

HistoryEdit

The brickworks closed in 1974 when the M27 Motorway split the site. The site then lay derelict till the early 1990s when the Hampshire Building Preservation Trust 'bought' the site for a nominal £1, and began to restore the historic buildings. The site was used as a conservation training centre until it was then re-launched as an industrial heritage museum.[3]

Other conservation groups based at the centre include an industrial railway recreating the brickworks narrow gauge railway and the local Steam Engine club which has several steam rollers and other vehicles based at the centre.

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References / sourcesEdit

  1. Fareham Borough Council: Bursledon Brickworks Accessed 29th June 2007
  2. http://www.hampshirebuildings.org.uk
  3. Bursledon Brickworks Museum web site

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