HomeTown – 15 – Brickworks

HomeTown - 15 - The Brickworks
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Some of my earliest adventures exploring abandoned buildings were taken here in Milton, small farmhouses mostly. But what would have been amazing to check out was the Milton Pressed Brick Company. Formed in 1877 as one of the early large scale industrial setups in Milton. Milton Pressed Brick by the name not only baked their bricks, but they also pressed them. Which in the world of brick production produced a higher-quality product. By 1901 it was said that the company was producing some of the best bricks. The plant continued operation until 1974 and at the peak employed some 200 people. Yet today there’s little left of the brickyards, the whole place was either demolished or blew up according to some local tales. But having visited Brickworks in both Toronto and Claybank I can have a rough idea what it used to look like. And even though the works are gone there is one piece of them left, these small row houses located along Steele Avenue which once provided private residences for the employees at the works. I’m not pleased with this particular shot, because it’s not interesting and secondly caused a bit of trouble when I took the photo. See, someone saw me, started yelling, then got in their car and gave chase after I packed up and left. Thankfully they turned back after a block of the chase but still, a little scary.

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