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.