The brickworks at Picton Junction, Thornaby Posted on October 8, 2018 by Picture Stockton Team Single chamber kilns at the brickworks Picton Junction, Thornaby. Share this:TweetWhatsAppEmailLike this:Like Loading... Related
The brickworks does not appear on the c.1900 map but is there on the 1937-1961 survey. It is not shown as rail connected, the goods yard being south west of the level crossing and another long siding adjacent to the ‘up’ Northallerton line, that is on the south east of that line.
There used to be sidings at Picton Junction, if I’m not mistaken. I think these were to service the Picton Junction to Battersby line. Would the bricks from these kilns, also have gone by rail? Were they in the junction of the two lines, or only adjacent to the main Eaglescliffe to Northallerton line?. It’s very difficult now to find any trace of this junction, or associated earthworks.
The pond that was behind the brickworks is still visible on google maps, you can’t make out the brickworks for the trees.
The works were quarter of a mile north of the crossing at the Station Hotel, the junction was a similar distance to the south of the crossing.
The area between the lines at the junction, where there were railway cottages, is still a residential area.
Shame this branch line isn’t still there, it would surely would of made a great circular route from Teesside to Stokesley.
The Picton Junction brickworks are closer to Kirklevington and a few miles south of Thornaby and stand alongside the Eaglescliffe to Northallerton railway line near to the Station Hotel.
By the quality of the photographs and the type of car these must date from the 1960’s or 1970’s as the trees are much larger now and make it almost impossible to walk on the tops of the five kilns.