Thomas Lawrence and the Warfield Brickworks
This evening Paul Lacey will talk about Thomas Lawrence, a local man from humble beginnings who became one of the areas largest employers.
Lawrence opened the Thomas Lawrence Brickworks in Bracknell in 1860, and developed it into an enterprise that gradually crept towards Warfield, as well as owning other sites at Ascot, Binfield and Wokingham. Bricks from the works are thought to have been used in the Royal Albert Hall, Westminster Cathedral and during restoration at Hampton Court Palace. Lawrence also diversified to own the largest general store in Bracknell, along with branches, a brewery and other enterprises.
Q&A, refreshments and free parking.
Non-members are requested to make a donation of £3 towards costs.
Paul is a local historian, primarily concentrating on road passenger transport, with 16 books so far published, also interested in various other topics.
Now retired, he was latterly a Local Authority Transport Co-ordinator, and for the past 10 years Chairman of the Provincial Historical Research Group of the Omnibus Society, as well as an archivist for a local transport trust. He lives in Wokingham, previously in Bracknell, being a New Towner arriving from London as a boy in 1957.