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kinds free from breakage, cracks, soft or other inferior quality bricks’. An advertisement, placed by Beart’s, in a newspaper from this time boasted an extensive of buildings that had been constructed of their bricks. Among these were Chelsea Barracks, Alexandra Palace, St. Thomas’s Hospital, Selfridges, Harrod’s and Debenhams. Text based on ‘Arlesey – The Pits’ by Geoff Page (bibliography: Kellys Directory 1898 edition, Bricks to Build a House by John Woodforde, and Bedfordshire County Planning Department. With references to Robert Beart from the British Brick Society. Information Sheet 115, February 2011. ‘Arlesey – The Pits’ can be read here: http://www.onthebuttonarlesey.co.uk/features.html Arlesey, construction work at the site in 1938. Image supplied by Andrew Mortlock, Whittlesey, Peterborough in conjunction with Hanson Building Products Next month: Building the future If you have some stories or images you would like to share of the brick works here in Arlesey, please contact us – see details below. three counties column Each month Richard Knight will feature an item from Three Counties Hospital from his collection of history and memorabilia. This month we have: Codd’s bottle Have you ever wondered where the saying “ What a load of old Codd’s Wollop” came from? It is believed to be a late Victorian beer drinkers sarcastic slang term aimed at Hiram Codd’s globe stopper bottles. The bottles were used for lemonade, selzer water and other flavoured children’s carbonated drinks. Wollop was a term for beer or drink in Victorian times. It was said ‘no selfrespecting beer swilling gent would be seen dead with a bottle of Codd’sWallop’. However these bottles were very attractive and desirable to children at the time because after they had finished the drink they could smash the top off the bottle and retrieve the marble from inside. Three Counties Asylum was a self sufficient unit, which along with everything else it had its own lemonade/mineral water bottling plant. The bottles and plant were supplied by Messers Hayward Tyler and Company of London. in 1911 attendants were able to purchase two mineral water bottles per day at a cost of 10 shillings {approx 50p} annually. Deaths and severe illness had hit Three Counties through an outbreak of typhoid from the contaminated asylum water supply. Staff refused to drink water from the taps and purchased the mineral water, unfortunately the patients were not so lucky, because some of the patients were of a childish nature it was felt that they would be to attracted and tempted to brake the bottle to retrieve the marble from the inside. The heavy bottles are made from really thick glass and when broken become a very viscous sharp strong weapon which could inflict serious damage if used this way. Because of this the patients had to take their chances with the contaminated water supply. Ranges | Agas | Hobs | Extractors | Microwaves & BBQ’s PrOven is a family run business with a wealth of knowledge spanning over 10 years. We strive to meet all our customer’s oven cleaning needs, leaving your oven looking brand new and ready to use immediately! • Environmentally Friendly • Domestic & Commercial • Fully Insured • Reliable Mick McNamara office: 01462 617037 mobile: 07799 166615 email: info@pr-oven.co.uk website: www.pr-oven.co.uk on the button, 32 Stotfold Road, Arlesey. Bedfordshire. SG15 6XT www.onthebuttonarlesey.co.uk | October 2015 | 7