Names and places associated with The Aldershot Brick and Tile Works (Company #7429, 1873)

The following people and places all have an association with Brickfields Country Park, The Aldershot Brick and Tile Works[1] or the land on which the works was built.  If you have any information, pictures, documents or photographs that relate to our history or the list below then please let us know.  Email with any details you have.

Adam Clericus[2](Adam the Cleric) with Margaret of Overescumbe [Overescoumbe] held one virgate[3] of land containing 29 acres (later to become Boxalls Farm).
Alan HardingRushmoor Borough Council [RBC] project officer for the park when it was built in 1983–5.
AlverstokeThe house in Cranmore Gardens that was built for Mr.  Stroud of Kemp Stroud (was The Aldershot Brick and Tile Works).
Alwin White [Wit]Mentioned under Kingsclere Hundred in the Domesday book[4]"Alwin' Wit [Alwin White] holds 2 hides.  He himself held it before 1066.  Then it answered for 2 hides; now for ½ hide.  Land for 1½ ploughs.  The plough is there, and 2 slaves.  1 villager and 1 smallholder with ½ plough.  The value was 40s; now 30s.  Alwin held this land before 1066 under Wigoto [Wigot] for protection; now he holds it under Milone [Miles], and it was delivered to Wigot by Humphrey Visdelupo [Visdeloup] in exchange for Bradeuuatre [Broadwater], as he himself states; but The Hundred knows nothing of it".
"Alwin Wit (White) continued to hold one and a half ploughlands which he had held of Wigot, for protection, (possibly Wigot of Wallingford, butler and kinsman of King Edward).
Bill Cookof Rushmoor Borough Council provided the original proposal report.
Boxall (or Eggar)Dug the clay pit in the 1850's to extract clay for brick making on site.
Boxall family –Came into possession of the land in the middle l600s.
 ├ Elizabeth Boxall(1)– wife of Thomas Boxall(2), mother of Thomas Boxall(3) and Elizabeth Boxall(2).
 ├ Elizabeth Boxall(2)– brother of Thomas Boxall(3).
 ├ John Boxall– eldest son of Thomas Boxall(1), brother of Thomas Boxall(2).
 ├ Sarah Boxall– mother of Thomas Boxall(2) and John Boxall. Sarah did not pay her taxes and was taken to court in London in 1703.
 ├ Thomas Boxall(1)– son of William Boxall from whom he received land.
 ├ Thomas Boxall(2)– younger son of Thomas Boxall(1), brother of John Boxall.
 ├ Thomas Boxall(3)– son of Thomas Boxall(2), sister of Elizabeth Boxall(2).
 └ William Boxall– father of Thomas Boxall(1) to whom he passed land.
Caywood Concrete ProductsUsed part or all of the brickworks site making various concrete products, fence posts Etc.
Chrismas familySidney Chrismas J.P was Mayor of Rushmoor (1968/69), at one time owners of the land on which Chrismas Lodge was built.  This land at one time was part of the Brick and Tile Works.  Documents in the Chrismas Lodge file kept at the Hampshire County Council archive at Winchester show a document from around 1890 which lists a member of the Chrismas family as one of the owners at that time.
Colin BalchinMayor of Rushmoor (2004–5), opened the park on the 7th June 1985 during his first tenure as Mayor.
Creswell familyWho were part of the company Trevenen and Co. at the Aldershot Brick and Tile Works Company.
 ├ Henry William Creswell– husband of Rose.
 ├ Mina Antoinette Airlie Cresswell.– around 1880 was in partnership with Frederick Eggar trading as Rose, Eggar, and Co., Manufacturers of Bricks, Tiles, and Pottery.  The company was dissolved on 18th November 1882.
 └ Rose Cresswell– wife to Henry.  About 1880 was in partnership with an N. P. Trevenen, trading as Trevenen and Co., Brick and Tile Merchants, declared bankrupt in 1884.
David MedhurstWho lived in the area and used to have "war games" in Brickfields with the Army Cadets.
Fred EggarA Georgie Kemp's Red, click for a larger imageListed as brick maker at "The Aldershot Brick and Tile Works" of Bank Street [Grosvenor Road].
Fredrick EggarPossible owner? in partnership with Mina Cresswell.
GouldAlong with Keith Kemp, Gould took ownership from George Kemp, continued in business up to the mid–1920s.
Harry StonardOwner of the "The Aldershot Brick and Tile Works" in Grosvenor Road [Bank Street].
Humphrey Visdelou[Vis de lou] Mentioned under Kingsclere Hundred in the Domesday book.
J. D. WoodRushmoor Borough Council Chief Architect when the park was built.
J. Alfred EggarAn estate agent of Castle Street Farnham who presided over the sale of the – "Lease, Goodwill, Plant & Machinery and 22 acres of Land of the Aldershot Brick and Tile Works" in 1881.
James ClarkListed in the Hampshire Records Office as owner of the – "Aldershot Brick and Tile Works near Halimote Road[9] off Bank Street from June 1882".
John White, Knight(Sir John Whyte 1573? Hampshire Records Office) In the Crondall Customary of 1567 we find he holds – "divers lands and tenements, with appurtenances in Aldershot".  Possible Lord Mayor of London in 1563?
John Emlyn Daviesof 1, Coronation Road, Aldershot, Brick and Tile, Works Manager, 03–07–1919 filed a UK patent #GB128805 "Improvements in Steel Keys for Railway Sleepers".
Kemp family –Well known Farnham and Aldershot family of builders, surveyors and entrepreneurs.
 ├ George KempA Georgie Kemp's Red, click for a larger imageEstablished and owned the Brick and Tile Works, believed to have started in business in 1857.  His red facing bricks were known as "Georgie Kemp's Reds" (photos), used for his own house, "The Croft" in Church Lane East and Mr. Stroud's house, "Alverstoke" in Cranmore Gardens.
 └ Keith KempAlong with a Mr. Gould took ownership from George Kemp, continued in business up to the mid–1920s.
LovelessRan and possibly owned the concrete works after the brickworks finished.
Margaret of Overescumbe[Overescoumbe] Held one virgate of land containing 29 acres (became Boxalls Farm).
Miles (Crispin)Mentioned under Kingsclere Hundred in the Domesday book.
Peggy Stroudof Kemp Stroud, Builders, Aldershot.
Robert de la FordeHeld one virgate of land containing 18 acres with Walter de la Dene, "they shall do all service as the said William de Lynham".
Roy MastersDirector of Kemp Stroud, Builders, Aldershot.
Roy SharpeBorough Engineer and Surveyor.
The CroftThe house George Kemp built for himself in Church Lane East.
Tim ChilderhouseLocal historian of Aldershot and the surrounding areas.
Waddleton & CompanyFruit and Vegetable distributors, who we believe occupied the Aldershot Brick and Tile Works site after it closed.
Walter de la DeneHeld one virgate of land containing 18 acres with Robert de la Forde, "they shall do all service as the said William de Lynham".
White family of AldershotLiving at The Lodge in Church Lane East.
WigotMentioned under Kingsclere Hundred in the Domesday book.
William GiffardThe second Bishop of Winchester from 1100 to 1129, became Chancellor to Henry I and William II from 1093 to 1101.
William de LynhamHolds one virgate of land containing 24 acres.  He was "done all service" by Robert de la Forde and Walter de la Dene who hold one virgate of land containing 18 acres.

  1. From the National ArchivesCompany No: 7429; Aldershot Brick and Tile Works Company Ltd.  Incorporated in 1873.  Dissolved before 1916. [top]

  2. Clericus – Translates form Latin to several English terms – clergyman, cleric, clerk, priest, scholar, scribe, secretary. [back] [top]

  3. Virgate [virgata, virga] – A variable measure of land, we have found several descriptive meanings for Virgate (Remember that Brickfields Country Park is now 7.5 acres or 3.0 hectares) [back] [top]
  4. Kingsclere Manors - Note:"Besides the lands the history of which has been traced there was an estate in Kingsclere at the time of the Domesday Survey, assessed at half a hide and held by Alwin Wit of Miles Crispin. The later history of this holding is obscure, although, of course, it may be identical either in whole or in part with any of the sub-manors in Kingsclere which are not mentioned by name in the Domesday Book." [back] [top]

  5. Hide [hida] – A measurement of land for tax assessment used outside Danelaw (North and Eastern) counties where carucates[6] were used.  It is approximately 120 acres, depending on local variations in the acre and is a very old English unit of land area, dating from perhaps the seventh century.  The hide was the amount of land that could be cultivated by a single plough and thus the amount of land necessary to support a family.  Depending on local conditions, this could be as little as 60 acres or as much as 180 acres (24–72 hectares).  The hide was more or less standardized as 120 acres (48.6 hectares) after the Norman conquest of 1066.  The hide continued in use throughout medieval times, but it is now obsolete. [back] [top]

  6. Carucate [carucata, caruca, carruca] – Derived from the Latin word caruca, meaning plough[7], this is a measure of land used in Danelaw counties in Domesday [Doomsday].  Equivalent to a hide and represented the amount of land which could be ploughed by one plough team.  Also used in Domesday [Doomsday] for customary assessment. [back] [top]

  7. Plough – In the Domesday the word implies a plough team with its eight oxen and the plough itself. [back] [top]

  8. Bovate [bovata] – Derived from the Latin word bo, meaning ox, a bovate was a measure of land which could be ploughed by one eighth of a plough, in other words equivalent to one eighth of a carucate.  Used in Domesday [Doomsday] records for places under Danelaw. [top]

  9. Halimot, Halimote, Halmot, Halmote, Healgemote (from Saxon Heal–gemot)
    A court Baron, signifies the meetings of the tenants of one Hall or Manor.  In old English law, a meeting if citizens in their public hall; otherwise called a folemot.  The court of a Lord of the Manor or of a guild.  The court of a company or an association of traders.  In London every company had a hall wherein they kept their courts – Court of Halimote. [back] [top]

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