East Horsley: Brickmaking

Ockham Brickwork Moulds

Ockham Brickwork Moulds

All Lord Lovelaces fanciful tiles with orbs, bugles, stars and other designs, called minstrels by the bricklayers, as well as the moulded coats of arms which adorn his buildings, were made at his Ockham Brickworks in Long Reach. The moulds for all these were made of wood and were double-sided with a different shape on each side. One of the moulds survives and has been donated to Guildford Museum.

The white sand for the cream-coloured bricks was dug on Ockham Common, the red sand for the terracotta-coloured bricks and tiles came from near Ripley and the clay was dug at the Long Reach brickyard.

Ockham Brickwork Building Decorations

Ockham Brickwork Building Decorations

8 thoughts on “East Horsley: Brickmaking”

  1. Derrick Holden says:

    Hello, I’m researching the whereabouts of the workshop used by the Tyrrell Racing Organisation to build racing cars in the 1960’s and 70’s. The company is reported as moving from a timber yard into a “brickworks in Ockham”. Could it be this one? Any information that you can provide would be of great help to me. Thank you.
    Regards, Derrick (Holden).

    1. Bill Langley says:

      Hello Derrick, in answer to your brick making, when I was about 12 I did in fact make a small brick in the Ockham works. I was visiting Freddie Gear who was a school chum, we both went to Ockham school and his father took us for our Scouts cycling badge. Ken. Tyrrell , we both went to the same East Horsley school, did build his workshop on the site of the old brickworks. The site is near Batchelors Farm on Long reach on the left going towards Ockham. The entrance is just before Batchelors, turn left off Long Reach and left again parallell and below the main road. If you Google it you will see the concrete bases left after someone had pulled down Freddies workshops,. your site is on the other side of the track nearer to West Horsley.. Are you interested in motor racing? I spent 12 years redesigning Scalextric Slot Racing with a team of about 15. From tin cars and rubber track, hard work but great fun. Hope this is of help, kind regards, Bill Langley

  2. alan cooper says:

    Hello Bill Langley.
    My late father, Ted Cooper, was a friend of Freddie. He went to Ripley school, who shared some facilities with Ockham. I would love to have a brief chat with you as I feel you could possibly help me with a couple of questions I have concerning my attempts to research family history, namely the Tyrrell family from Blue Ryde.
    Best wishes.

    1. David Tyrrell says:

      G’day Alan, My name is David John Tyrrell. My Grandfather was George Tyrrell of Blue Ryde Cottage. He worked for Mary Countess of Lovelace in 1908 as a cycle repairer up until the breakout of war. His father worked for the Lovelace family for over 50 years.
      I have a typed “reference” (dated 1922) from the Agent of Mary, Countess of Lovelace with these details.
      The letterhead on the document reads
      Station, Horsley, S.W.R
      Telegrams, Ockham, Surrey.
      George married Annie May Markwick. They emigrated to Australia. Both George and Annie passed away in the 60’s and 70’s. My father John is the youngest and only son of George and Annie. I’m searching as well and I hope this info helps.

      1. Sally Dalton says:

        Hi David, my mum Christine is your cousin. Her Mum was Joan Markwick Tyrrell. I’m trying to learn more of our family and great pop George and Great Nan Annie. I’d be grateful for any information.
        Kindest Regards Sally Dalton
        (Nee Sampson)

  3. Craig whittaker says:

    Yes Tyrrell were based in Oakham,remember stumbling across it with a friend as kids;& taking some bits from a big pit;my friend even managed to get the cockpit of the six wheeler with Didier Peroni??,name on!

  4. Colin says:

    Please can anyone tell me if Ken Tyrell lived in East Horsley,It has been rumoured for many years he was born at no 1 Wellington Cottages,and lived there for a few years.

  5. Susan Stewart says:

    In the 1970s, I lived in a small town near Milan and met the Papetti family. Angelo Papetti had been a POW in England, and was billeted with Fred Gear’s family, where he lived in an outhouse, but became part of the family, in due course being given a room in the house. Before repatriation after the war, the Gear family took him into town and they had a group photograph taken. Angelo gave me some basic information, and on a visit home one summer, it was not difficult to find Fred Gear’s home and workshop – agricultural engineers. The address was The Brickyard, Long Reach. Coming down the driveway, Fred’s was on the right, Tyrell’s on the left. Fred’s son worked for Tyrell Racing at the time; the team was sponsored by Candy, makers of washing machines…. Fred and his wife received me very kindly, and the following year they visited Angelo in Italy, and brought with them an old colleague of Fred’s father, George Thomas and his wife Jess, who had known Angelo in wartime. Pat Gear wrote in a letter to me (17.1.1978) that “Angelo knows them. He used to visit them with Fred’s parents”. The buildings in the 1970s were the same as Angelo remembered them from the 1940s. I am sorry to learn, by inference, that it is all gone. It is all part of the history of The Brickyard. It was a haven to Angelo when he was a POW – he used to say how grateful he was to have been taken prisoner by the British.

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