Well that's a difficult question to answer as accounts differ and it seems the "firm" may have changed hands
amongst the brothers.
Here's a wonderful recollection from the Granddaughter of Harry Bagnall, Irene Wilson:
My Grandfather was Harry Bagnall who originally
lived on Stanley Road Wakefield. He died when I was quite young and his wife died before I was born. I can
remember him when he got old he went to live in Oxford with his youngest daughter Norah. He came back to
Wakefield to stay with his eldest daughter Gertrude Mary (my mother) at Albion Street Wakefield. I think this
was about 1960 and it was always said that he came back to Yorkshire to die.
I seem to remember he had a brother who lived in York Street Wakefield. I think he was called Milton or something
like that. (RB: This could perhaps be John Milton
I was always told as a child that Harry and his father built the public library in Wakefield and a school near
the market. (RB: See Drury
I met a distant cousing, Patrick Bagnall for the first time ever. Found via a mutual interest in genealogy
Patrick and I were invited to meet the Mayor of Wakefield, who had important information to interest us both
Patrick and I went to the Town Hall and met the Mayor, Cllr David Hopkins, who showed us two Mason's Mallets
presented by Messrs Bagnall Bros to the Mayor. One, made from ebony was presented (I think) at the laying of a
foundation stone for Alverthorpe Working Mens club. A building I didn't know
they had built. The inscription reads G & H Bagnall which would indicate that Messrs Bagnall
Brothers were George and Harry Bagnall. The other
mallet is made from ivory and is unfortnately damaged, but I assume it may have been to commemorate the building of
the Drury Lane Library. Many thanks too to Mr. Jubb for arranging our
The inscription would also lead to the conclusion that Bagnall brothers
was now George & Harry
Grandpa made at least 2 sorts of bricks, both I think were made to the Accrington formula, the orange ones and
the blue ones. If you tried to drill through the blue ones the end of your drill bit usually dropped off before
you got the hole drilled. These were engineering bricks which when I lived at 401 Aberford Road consisted of all
the internal walls and the inside skin of the external walls. His brickworks, as far as I remember was on Ivy
Lane opposite the entrance to Stanley Royd hospital.
If he was building a large site, he made a brickworks on site, otherwise he had 70 pairs of horses and
transported them to Kirkgate station, he eventually sold out to his friend Armitage Brickworks.
The Normanton brickworks have a vast collection of bricks, that's if they're still in business.
Grandpa's bricks are still evident after aprox 100 years and are all over Stanley and a lot of the schools he
built are still going strong.
He built most of Beeston area of Leeds which have been converted from back to back terrace houses to through
terraces with Marble looking fireplaces and the ones that I have been in are in excellent condition.
Bagnall Brothers was Uncles Jeffrey & Roland, Grandpa was Geo Bagnall, possibly & son.