The Brickmakers of St Albans
A Talk given to the St Albans & Hertfordshire Architectural & Archaeological Society at St Albans on 7th January 2003

Joseph Sanders

Brickmaker of Bernards Heath, fl 1700

The Overseers Account Book for Sandridge [HALS D/P 96 12/1] has survived for a few years either side of 1700, At the time there were several windmills on Bernards Heath. One of the millers was Michael Sanders who was there as early as 1687. In addition the following entries occur:

Circa 1696 - Sanders the Brickmaker 3s
1702 to 1705 - Sanders for ye Brick Kiln 3s
1706 For ye Brick Kiln 4s
1708 Joseph Sanders for ye kiln 2s
1710 Joseph Sanders 3s (Brick kiln)

In addition a possible relative, Nathaniel Saunders, brickmaker, was married in St Stephens in 1679

Folly House (later renamed Bleak House) in Catherine Street was built at about this time.
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Supplementary Information

Picture from Historic St Albans by C R Swift.

[August 2008]

Tony has been researching the SAUNDERS, Redbourn and Hemel Hempstead and these include the following brickmakers of (High Street Green) Hemel Hempstead:

It is very likely that there is a connection (perhaps even identity) between the Hemel Hempstead and Bernards Heath Joseph Sanders, but this has not yet been established.

If you can add to the information given above tell me.


Page updated August 2008