Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum Ghost HuntCoal Park Lane Swanwick, Southampton, Hampshire.
Bursledon Brickworks in Hampshire , the last surviving example
of a steam-powered brickworks in Britain, superbly conjures up
the spirit of the Victorian era at the height of the industrial
revolution., employing up to 180 local people ranging from boys
as young as 8 to men in their 60s.† The works would have been
dark and cold, heated only by the kilns and it is reported that
a number of workers died here whilst earning their livelihood.
The Brickworks was founded in 1897 by the Ashby family, whose innovations in machinery and kiln design and implementation of mass production methods enabled the site to produce more than 20 million bricks a year at peak production. Many of these bricks were used in the construction of buildings across the country, including the Military Hospital in the nearby Royal Victoria Country Park
The Brickworks was closed in 1974 due to a reduction in the clay
quality and supply, not to mention the disruption resulting from
the building of the M27 and, over the next 20 years, fell into
Thankfully the site was purchased by the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust and was awarded listed status.
buildings on the northern side have been replaced by the NATS,
Air Traffic Control Centre, but the southern site still remains.†It is to the credit of a large number of volunteers that it is
now a fascinating, lively museum, showing traditional crafts
and fully restored and working machinery including the large
kiln block and this year the site was awarded an Institution
of Mechanical Engineers Engineering Heritage Award. †
Reported Paranormal Activity
Reported activity at this amazing location includes hearing
footsteps, whistling, the sound of voices, knocking on demand
and the presence of dark figures that seem to tower over you.
Strange lights have been seen and during sťances, a glass has been seen to move with no-one touching it.† It is thought this could be due to the ghost of a worker who fell asleep in the kiln as a result of seeking out warmth and became locked in, dying the following day when the kiln was lit.