My 2nd Great Grandmother's birth certificate arrived today.
She was born in 1858 and according to the entry the place of birth was:
Brick Kiln, Motcombe
The registration district was Shaftesbury in the county of Dorset.
I have tried to research Brick Kiln and located this website. It states:
All that part of the Parish of Motcombe called Tout Hill, Enmore Green, Cuttables, Brick Kiln, Calves Lane, Butter-Print, Coles Lane, SherBorne Causeway, Turnpike, Locks Lane, and Duncliff Farm.
But this doesn't tell me much about this actual area. Subsequent searches take me to a cottage:
I did come across this interesting article which includes audio narrative and in part it states:
David Preston has researched Enmore Green’s brick industry and he was keen to show me some of the historic records related to the brick kilns, which once operated around the village. “The one at Hawker’s Hill is well known and there’s a fair amount about that because it went on for much longer. Nobody knows much about the Long Cross one, and the brick kiln on Buttermilk Lane though,” said David, adding, “Brickworks are essentially a bit ephemeral. They are usually on farmland so if the brickworks closed down, the farmer cleared it away. There’s not much left.”
These brickworks were situated at the bottom of the hill, below Shaftesbury, because that’s where the clay lies. David reckons that there were possibly a dozen brickworks in operation. “It wasn't a huge enterprise and it was a bit seasonal because brickmaking was weather dependent. You needed to be able to dry the bricks so there wouldn't be much going on in the winter.” The industry started here in the Georgian period. “It was in the middle of the 18th century. They did it for about 100 years,” David explained.
Brickmaking would not have been a major source of employment in Enmore Green. “You do find in early records that people were described as brickmakers but not very many of them. Most of the people would have been agricultural workers and there were a lot of cheesemakers or cheese dealers, for some reason.”
The road on which St John’s Church is situated is now referred to as Church Hill. But its name used to refer to the brickmaking industry. “It was known as Brick Hill,” said David. “It seems to have changed around 1910 because that’s when some people give their address as Church Hill and others give their address as Brick Hill in the school admissions. Presumably it was because it was more relevant to call it ‘Church’ rather than ‘Brick’ Hill.”
You can spot the local bricks, if you know what you’re looking for. “There is a distinctive type of Shaftesbury brick. It’s red with blue ends and you can see some of them on Bell Street.” The thatched cottage on that town centre street features this architectural detail. “Those would have been bricks from Long Cross,” explained David. “The blue was something to do with the way that they fired them. It sometimes depends on the type of sand or clay that you are using to make the brick in the first place.”
Since Enmore Green is heavily associated with Motcombe, it would seem to me then that "Brick Kiln" was just a specific kiln there in the village. That said, the audio refers to a map of the kilns but I do not know where to find that.
There is also a specific reference to a Brick Kiln here:
This could be related to this issue?