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News Centre > Wednesday 27 March 2019

Islanders invited to open conservation meeting to discuss the future of Brickfield kiln

Kiln donations

Guernsey Water is inviting islanders to a conservation consultation afternoon where options for the protection and preservation of the Brickfield kiln will be discussed.

WYG (Heritage Consultants) has been appointed by Guernsey Water to prepare a conservation management plan for the Brickfield kiln and, as part of the preparation for the plan, they are holding an open consultation for any interested parties on Thursday, 11 April.

Following this event, a conservation management plan will be designed in order to maintain the kiln's structural integrity for future generations.

The event is aimed at gathering thoughts and considerations from anyone who has an interest in this piece of heritage. The findings from the event will then help to inform and develop the plans for the kiln's conservation. Any issues or queries about its location, and ideas about protection and preservation will be considered.

The kiln is a protected monument and was recently emptied of all unfired "Best" branded bricks to allow surveyors to complete a structural report.  Five hundred of the bricks were then offered to islanders interested in a piece of Guernsey's heritage, for a small donation to the La Societe Guernesiaise and The National Trust.

Guernsey Water's capital delivery manager, Mark Walker said: "The kiln was originally constructed in 1927, replacing an earlier bottle kiln on the site owned by the Best family. The only other intact kilns in Guernsey stand at Oatlands, so it's a real privilege to have one here at our headquarters. 

"As we saw from the number of people who turned out to collect a brick, many islanders are passionate about conservation and local heritage, so we thought opening the event up, to allow people to bring their own thoughts and ideas would be of great benefit to the future of the site."

Donations from the bricks reached nearly £700 in total.  These funds have been passed on to La Société Guernesiaise and The National Trust of Guernsey.

Anyone interested in attending the consultation event is welcome to drop into the Guernsey Yacht Club, Castle Emplacement between 12pm and 4 pm on Thursday 11 April.

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