From: The Mechanics’ Magazine: Journal of Engineering, Agricultural Machinery, Manufactures, and Shipbuilding, Vol. 2, No. 50, Dec. 9, 1859.
The Production of solid bricks has of late received much of the attention of engineers and architects, with a view of their being produced more economically, of a better quality, and with greater facility, than bt the time-honored means known as “hand-moulding;” and although many mechanical contrivances for making bricks have been introduced, not one has realised the requirement practically, or been considered worthy of adoption, until Mr. Henry Clayton, of the Atlas Works, London, produced and patented his brickmaking machine. Its simple and effective character has lately attracted the notice of the able engineer of the South Eastern Railway Company, the directors of which have now erected a set of Clayton’s patent brickmaking machinery on their premises adjoining the railway station at Folkestone for the manufacture of bricks for the use of the company. On an average 20,000 to 25,000 good bricks are made daily by each of Clayton’s large machines with the attention of two men and four boys.