Clayton has attracted surprisingly little attention from historians, and yet this historic manor has a fascinating heritage. The medieval heart of the are was focused on Clayton Hall, a moated manor house that originated in the 12th century. This was set in a sparsely populated rural landscape beyond the eastern fringe of Manchester until the mid 19th century, when Clayton was transfomed into an important industrial area, and developed a reputation as a key centre for the production of chemicals, essential to numerous other industries. This booklet recounts the rich history of Clayton, and summarises the archaeological excavations carried out in 2010-12 at two of the principal chemical works, together with a textile mill, a colliery and a suite of workers' housing.
Further information can be found about the Fire Brick Works on the Old Bricks: England website. Click here, and then scroll down to Williams, Bradford, Manchester.