Blacketts’ Brickworks, which lay very roughly in the area bounded by the old part of Portrack and the old part of Tilery, was the last brickworks in Stockton, closing round about 1963. The huge pit that was left was filled in (ironically) with the bricks, mortar, tiles and woodwork from the “slum” clearances in Stockton. Nothing is left to show its existence, as far as I know, except a hump in the ground where the brick kilns actually stood. The drawing, done from one of the flats in Campbell Court in Portrack, shows the derelict buildings and chimney stack of Blacketts’ in the middle distance. Off to the right are garages and sheds belonging to the Co-op. The tall structure, in the far distance, is one of the floodlights for the Stockton Freightliner Terminal that was being constructed at about this time. This too has now vanished.
Drawing courtesy of Fred Starr.