The Ten Row.. Mansfield Brick Yard.


As I dig into my memory, these houses faced the railway lines, looking directly over the lines, across at what were very similar stone houses known as Railway Cottages. The only difference between the two were  the Railway Cottages had large gardens to the front of them, plus quite a large communal yard at the rear where stood the row of outside  toilets.

As I recall, there were a few of this type of old stone cottages built in Mansfield. It is no wonder, for Mansfield had an abundance of Stone and Sand Quarries on hand.

To name a few more of these types of properties for homes, although most have long since been demolished).  They did provide strong warm homes for many Mansfield people.There were Freestone Cottages, plus those in the Byron yard. There were Reed Mill Cottages others near the Hermitage side road by Sheepbridge Lane. At the end of Cinderella’s Walk. There were some on Hermitage Lane in front of Eden’s Mill. There were some in front of Field Mill football ground. There were those at the bottom of Sibthorpe Street facing Quarry Lane.  Incidentally, I believe these are still standing and occupied.There were those at where my wife was born, Wood Court, also now long gone.  I know the are many more, but I’ll let other folk remind us of where they were, or are.

There were also many detached large houses built of the local stone, you anly have to look at Woodhouse Road and Nottingham Road, there are many beautiful houses still remain standing..

Thinking back to my sketch, It does look like the brickyard and railways combined with each other in business. For it does look like the lines were continued through the gate, possibly passing in front of the Ten Row  and into the Brickyard itself, ideal for transportation of the Sand and bricks.

The lines on the railway side of the gate were left there for many a year.


Alan Curtis

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  • Hi, my grandparents lived at number 2 Brickyard Row, surname Taylor. My grandma was called Phoebe. Would love to find some history for her.

    By Jenny Steele (15/03/2023)
  • Hi. I’ve just found out my grandma lived on Brick Yard Row. Phoebe Thorpe O’Carroll. I think that’s what’s on the certificate. About 1915. I’ve been trying to see if the place Brick Yard Row exists as I was having trouble locating on Google and having found this site and reading the comments it did.

    By Jennifer (06/01/2023)
  • My father John (Jack) Lines was born at 14 Railway Side in 1905. His father Alfred Lines was a railway fireman at the time, later going on to become an engine driver.
    My father told me he was very happy at ‘Ten Row’

    By David Lines (13/02/2021)
  • Would you know of a Jack and Flo Allen. Were these possibly called foundry row or was that somewhere else?

    By sharon allen (07/01/2018)
  • Hello Sue, how nice it is to meet up with someone else from the same area. I do believe you are maybe just a little after my time in the area. I have to tell you that the old Ten Row was demolished some time in the thirties, the early thirties I would has at a guess. The old demolished ruins stick in my mind. Now the name Mrs Carr brings back some memories. She lived on Bradder Street at number 79. Next door to Mrs. King. I can just remember Mr Carr, before he passed away, Big man, wore a flat cap, and could often be seen wearing his waistcoat. I often wondered why those small walls were built in front of the houses at the top of Bradder Street  and at the end of the gardens where you lived.  They were for the residents to while away their time leaning on them. Talking of Mrs Maycock, I can recall seeing  Mr. Maycock, leaning on the old stone wall between your houses and Cinderell’s Walk, aAnd be blowed if Mrs Maycock didn’t do exactly the same after her husband had died. It is quite possible the families who occupied the houses on Railway Row during my time, were no longer there, they could have moved, for it was that when a family moved off from Bradder Street,  the folk from Railway Row took over the empty house. I knew a few people who did just that. Pleased you mentioned Mr. Wharton, he was a lovely man. I bet you used to play in the Robin Hood? Thank you for your comment.

    By alcurtis (15/02/2016)
  • I don’t remember the Ten Row from your drawing Alan, but l actually lived in the cottages called Railway Side. l would think that myself and my mum Mrs Brenda Carr would probably be the only people still alive from them cottages,  our adress was no 14 Railway Side  l remember a Mrs Maycock and Mrs Villums not sure of any other names although our number was  no 14, I think there was only about 6 cottages along the row. 

    By Sue Moore (10/02/2016)
  • Although to all the locals in the area, the above picture was known as   “The Ten Row”,  the postal address was actually  “Brickyard Row”. I recall reading that a miner who’s address was given as  number 3 Brickyard Row Mansfield , and who’s name was Reuben Allen, was killed whilst working down the mine on the 21st of November 1932. There were over the years several families named Allen living in the Victoria Cottages in the Brickyard. This of course was after the demolition of The Ten Row. 

    By alan curtis (11/01/2015)

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