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The Wight Brick Co

The Isle of Wight has a long and rich history of brickmaking. Up to the mid 1970s there had been 82 brick works on the Island. This is the 83rd....

The Wight Brick Company. Manufacturing a very limited range of mini handmade and sometimes full size bricks from Isle of Wight clay and burnt in a kiln in Seaview. This picture shows aTerracotta Outline of the Isle of Wight

The Wight Brick Company.

A manufacturer of small quantities of handmade and mini bricks and terracotta floor tiles from Isle of Wight and Yorkshire clay on the Isle of Wight.

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Handmade Wight 'Maxi' bricks in a makeshift wall.  Each brick 48*24*16mm isleofwightbrick1

Bricks represent approximately 4% of the cost of a new building, yet they can account for 70% of the look. The slight extra cost of using Wight Bricks is marginal, yet the resulting brickwork will give a building unique character and also add to its ‘green’ credentials

An Isle of Wight resident, Tim Bristow, has started making miniature bricks with Isle of Wight clay, and has also produced full size test bricks, again with Isle of Wight clay (sometimes blended with Yorkshire clay). He also slipcasts and glazes onto bone china and terracotta clay blended with small amounts of Wight clay off the local beaches.

He has restarted (in a very small way) brickmaking on the Island.


Tim Bristow has been making bricks since 1980. He has made made bricks in Devon, South Australia, Lancashire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hampshire, North Yorkshire and now the Isle of Wight. A co-founder of the York Handmade Brick Company in 1986, prior to this he was with the London Brick Company. Having sold his shareholding with the York Handmade Brick Company 17 years ago. As York Handmade Brick Sales operating from the ClayClay shop he now sells York Handmade Bricks in the south of England, Channel Islands, Eire and Northern Ireland.. He says, 'When I was brickmaking in Australia in the early eighties the biggest sellers, and the most expensive bricks, were the rough ones - and my aim was to do the same in the UK, which I achieved. My 'passion' is old looking new bricks, and I'm now trying to get brickmaking going again on the Isle of Wight.'

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2016 Slip casting and glazing, pots and bricks. 2014 -2015 Manufacturing, Drying and Burning in small pilot kiln ‘Mini’ handmade bricks and 100*100mm terracotta floor tiles from IW and Yorkshire clay. Handmade bricks made so far are normal metric size (215*102*65mm) and Maxi brick size (48*24*16mm). Finished results are on display in the shops or for sale as part of the range of mini brick building kits.

Brick Calculator by Omni

 The Wight Brick Company’s trial handmade and Maxi bricks can be seen at ClayClay 15,High St, Bembridge, Isle of Wight PO35 5SD

Opening hours : Generally but not always 10am - 5pm Weekdays, Saturday 11am - 3pm. Sometimes open Sundays (11-4) and longer hours during the week, sometimes not open.

Do ring 01983 875378 or 07836 761541) to check if open if you are making a specific trip.


©The Wight Brick Co 2012-2016