Historic Stewartby Chimneys come down

  • Watch the moment one of the chimneys came down

The four remaining chimneys at Stewartby Brickworks near Bedford have been demolished.

The controlled explosion happened on Sunday morning, with each tower being brought down separately.

Special guests were asked to press the button including people from the site owner, the Hanson Group, family members of the Stewart Family, Chair of the Parish Council as well as former employees of the Brickworks.

The London Brick Company created the largest brickworks in the world across Bedfordshire in the 1930s. The site was closed in 2008.

One of those watching was Cllr Tim Hill from Bedford Borough Council, who said it was an emotional day.

"This is the end of 100 years of history - at one stage there were 167 chimneys in the Vale, employing over 20,000 workers," he said.

"The village of Stewartby was built for the workers at the brickworks and it's just a sad and momentous day," he added.