Auchinlee Quarries and Brickworks, Cleland, North Lanarkshire

(Note – SBH – I have included references to Auchinlea Quarries and Brickworks and Auchinlee Quarries and Brickworks as they may be the same company. I will split them up if I find this is not the case).

29/08/1873 – The London Gazette – Notice of dissolution – The firm of Michael Yates and Company, Coal and Quarry masters and Brickmakers, at Auchinlee, in the parish of Shotts, in Glasgow, and at Kelvinside, was of mutual consent of the subscribers, the sole partners thereof, dissolved, as on the 31st day of July 1873. The Subscribers, Thomas Gibb, John Sibbald McIntyre and John Ancell have acquired right to the whole business and assets of the Company (except the Quarry at Kelvinside and debts due to the firm in connection with it) and will continue the business of Quarry masters, Brickmakers, and Coalmasters, at Auchinlee, and at 184, Buchanan Street, Glasgow, under the firm of Gibb, McIntyre, and Ancell. The subscriber, Michael Yates, has acquired right to the Kelvinside Quarry, and to the debts due to the firm in connection with it, and he will continue that business at Kelvinside and 188, Buchanan Street, Glasgow, in his own name.
The firm of Gibb, McIntyre, and Ancell will pay the whole debts due by the late firm up to 31st July last. Glasgow, 23rd August 1873.
Michael Yates.
Thos. Gibb.
Jno. S. McIntyre
John Ancell.

1878 – Gibb McIntyre & Ancell, Brick Makers – Auchinlea by Motherwell.

1882 – Gibb McIntyre & Ancell. Coal and Quarry Masters and brick makers. 161 Hope Street.

1886 – Thomas Gibb & Sons, Auchinlee Quarries and Brickworks, Cleland, by Motherwell.

1886 – Ancell McIntyre & Co, Brickmakers and Quarry owners. Office – 161 Hope Street, Glasgow.

01/09/1888 – The Scotsman – Thomas Gibb & Sons of Auchinlee Quarries, Cleland have acquired the lease of Doddington Quarries near Wooler from Lord Tankerville of Chillingham Castle, Northumberland.

1890 – 1891 – John B Taylor, quarry master and brickmaker.

Taylor & King, quarry masters and brickmakers, Auchinlea, Cleland.

1893 – 1894 – John R Taylor, quarry master and brickmaker, Auchinlea, Cleland.

Taylor & King, quarry masters and brickmakers, Auchinlea, Cleland.

Below  – 1896 – 1 Bellside Brickworks, 2 Auchinlea Brickworks, 3 North Auchinlea Quarry and Brickworks, 4 Auchinlee Tileworks, 5 Greenhill Quarry Brickworks, 6 Greenhill Colliery Brickworks.

Bellside Auchinlee and Auchinlea and Greenhill brickworks

22/01/1897 – Motherwell Times – Death  Alexander King at Windmill House on the 18th inst, Alexander King aged 49 late of Auchinlea Quarries and Brickworks, Cleland.

Below – 21/04/1899 – Barrhead News – Council meeting regarding bricks being used in the Cross Arthurlie Buildings. Thomas Gibb and Sons.


24/06/1899 – Dundee Courier – Thomas Gibb & Sons, quarry masters and brickmakers, Auchenlee, Bishopbriggs. Capital £50,000 in 7000 preference and 5000 ordinary shares of £5 each. First subscribers – Richard Gibb, Quarry and brickmaker; Walter Gibb, Quarry and brickmaker; George Neilson, Clerk, Bishopbriggs, CM Gibb, Quarry Master, Cleland; John Jack Quarry Master; Mrs Agnes Gibb, Bishopbriggs; AO Walker, Writer; James Mason, Cashier, Glasgow.

Below – 30/06/1899 – Financials of Thomas Gibb and Sons Limited. The company has been incorporated with an authorised share capital of £60,000. It has been formed to acquire as from 01/01/1899 and to further develop and extend the business of Thomas Gibb and Sons, quarry masters and brick makers at Auchinlee, Cleland and Huntershill and Crowhill, Bishopbriggs together with plant, machinery and leases now belonging to them.

1899 – 1900 – Thomas Gibb & Sons – Quarrymasters and Brickmakers 45 Renfield Street, Glasgow.

1902 – 1903 – Taylor & King, quarrymasters and brickmakers, Auchinlea, Cleland.

1903Thomas Gibb & Sons, Auchinlea Brickworks, Cleland S.O. Lanarkshire.

1903 – 1904 – John R Taylor, quarry master and brickmaker, Auchinlea, Cleland.

Taylor & King, quarry masters and brickmakers, Auchinlea, Cleland.

Below – 19/02/1904 – Dundee Courier – Financials for Thomas Gibb & Sons, Bishopbriggs and Auchinlee Quarries and Brickworks.

1906 – Invoices x 2 – Thomas Gibb and Sons Limited, Auchinle Quarry and Brickworks, Cleland and Huntershill Quarry and Brickworks, Bishopbriggs. Head Office, Huntershill Quarry and Brickworks, Bishopbriggs. Telegrams ‘Bricks Bishopbriggs’

1906 – 1907 – John R Taylor, quarry master and brickmaker, Auchinlea, Cleland.

Taylor & King, quarry masters and brickmakers, Auchinlea, Cleland.

Below – 20/07/1906 – Motherwell Times – Girls claims compensation against Thomas Gibb & Sons but fails at court.


Below – 02/05/1910 – The Scotsman – Messrs Thos King & Co, Auchinlea Quarries and Brickworks for sale.

15/05/1915 – Hamilton Advertiser – Old brick suitable for partitions or roughcast work at 3s 6d per ton; also broken bricks for bottoming or concrete at 1s 6d per ton. Gibbs Auchinlea Brickworks, Cleland.

Below – 07/06/1915 – The Scotsman – Messrs Thomas Gibb & Co, Auchinlee Quarry and Brickworks near to Omoa Station for sale.

12/06/1915 – Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser – For sale – At Auchinlee Quarry and Brickworks, Omoa Station, C.R Quarry and Brickwork plant machinery, railway sidings etc.

28/09/1915 – The Edinburgh Gazette – In the matter of Thomas Gibb and Sons Limited,  an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Members of the above-named Company, duly convened, and held at 200 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, on the 31st day of August 1915, the following Resolutions were duly passed; and at a subsequent Extraordinary General Meeting of the Members of the said Company, also duly convened, and held at the same place on the 16th day of September 1915, such Resolutions were duly confirmed as Special Resolutions, viz. :— (1) That the Company be wound up voluntarily. (2) That J. L. Doran, Chartered Accountant, Glasgow, be appointed Liquidator. Cumming N Gibb, Chairman. Auchinlee Quarries, Cleland. 21/09/1915

08/03/1919 – The Scotsman  – Quarries and brickworks – The well known Auchinlea Quarries with overlying blue clay for brickmaking will be let in one or 2 portions. Electric power on the Estate. also workmen’s home with accommodation for 120 men. Offers to Colonel Scott, Auchinlea, Cleland.

Below – 10/01/1921 – The Scotsman – Bricks and stones – 200,000 best quality bricks daily can easily be produced from blue boulder clay up to 50ft in-depth and building stone practically inexhaustible, also large blaze bings. To sell or let – Auchinlea Estate with 2 quarries, 1 working, a quantity of brick making machinery, railways into both quarries; also electric power, workmen’s home to accommodate 120 men and 20 workmen’s houses on the ground. The coal is leased to the Auchinlea Coal Co Ltd and it is believed there are 2 seams at a lower level untouched. Apply Colonel Scott, Auchinlea Estate, Cleland.

18/03/1921 – West Lothian Courier – R Muirs and Coy’s new brickworks manager. On Friday last Mr Daniel Watson, who succeeds Mr Gillespie as brickworks manager with Messrs R Muir and Coy, Armadale commenced his studies. Mr Watson is a native of Cleland and figuratively speaking, may be said to have been born into the business. His father was in the same line and it is very interesting to note, was the first manager of the Etna Brickworks, then owned by Mr James Wood of Wallhouse and which are now owned by United Collieries Ltd. His uncle too, is in the same business and he, it is also noteworthy to state, was for a period, manager at Mr King’s Possil Brickwork, Glasgow. Mr Watson entered the brickworks at the early age of 12 years and while yet in his teens was appointed manager of Cambuslang Brickworks. From here he went as manager to the Linwood Brick Manufacturing Company, Paisley and it is from Paisley that he comes to take over his Armadale managership. Just a little over 40, he looks the ideal manager, and his, very obviously, a great liking for and interest in the work which he has followed now for fully 30 years.

21/07/1934 – Dundee Courier – New Scottish Companies – Auchinlea Quarries and Brickworks, Auchinlea Quarries, Cleland, Lanarkshire. Capital £15,000 in ordinary shares of £1 each.

27/10/1936 – Edinburgh Gazette – The Companies Act 1929 – The following company has been struck of the register and as such is now dissolved – Thomas Gibb and Sons Ltd.

29/03/1940 – Motherwell Times – Death of a mine manager. Mr George Cook (63) Auchinlea Cottages … for a number of years he was engaged as mines manager at the Auchinlea Quarries and Brickworks Limited which operated in the district of Bellside.

1947 1969 – The 1985 publication ‘A survey of Scottish brickmarks’ states the National Coal Board were owners.

21/09/1948 – The Scotsman – Death – Mr Hugh Leggat … previous managing director of Auchinlea Quarries and Brickworks Limited, Cleland.

23/12/1949 – The Scotsman – Haulage firms licence revoked – Falkirk haulage firm McInnes & Whitfield, Lochside Garage Redding. Licence revoked for not adhering to licence conditions in respect of using lorries for the transport of building bricks from the Auchinlea Quarries and Brickworks, Newmains to Inverness and Fort William.

05/10/1951 – Motherwell Times – Clerkess / shorthand typists required. Apply in writing, stating age and full details of experience to Auchinlea Quarries & Brickworks Ltd, Cleland.

20/03/1953 – Motherwell Times – Strong lad (15 – 16 years) wanted immediately as the second man on a lorry. Apply to Auchinlea Quarries and Brickworks Limited, Cleland.

22/01/1954 – Motherwell Times – Clerkess shorthand typist required. Apply, stating age and giving full details of experience to Auchinlea Quarries and Brickworks Limited, Cleland.

03/09/1954  – Motherwell Times – Working foreman mechanic for maintenance of a fleet of commercial vehicles and dumpers. Apply giving age and full particulars of experience to Auchinlea Quarries and Brickworks Limited, Cleland, Motherwell.

28/10/1958 – Motherwell Times – Maintenance fitter, experienced in repairs and maintenance of excavators, derrick cranes and brick plant. Apply – Auchinlea Quarries and Brickworks Limited, Cleland.

11/05/1956 – Motherwell Times – Office girl wanted. Apply – Auchinlea Quarries and Brickworks Limited, Cleland.

21/03/1958 – Motherwell Times – Maintenance engineer, experienced in the upkeep of heavy plant as used in the quarrying and brickmaking industry; good terms and conditions. Apply Auchinlea Quarries and Brickworks, Ltd., Cleland, Motherwell.

17/07/1964 – Wishaw Press – Junior clerkess /typist required. Apply Auchinlea Quarries and Brickworks Ltd, Cleland.

Below – 24/05/1968 – Wishaw Press. Advert for drivers required at Auchinlea, Cleland Brickworks.

1969 1977 – The 1985 publication ‘A survey of Scottish brickmarks’ states the Scottish Brick Corporation were owners.

23/05/1969 – Wishaw Press – Auchinlea have a vacancy for a garage fitter. Diesel and general fitting experience. Good rate and overtime. Permanent post. Good working conditions. Apply in person to the Works Manager, Auchinlea Quarries and Brickworks Limited, Cleland.

Below – 04/07/1969 – Wishaw Press – Advert for a new maintenance manager.

15/06/1973 – Wishaw Press – Auchinlea Quarries and Brickworks, Cleland, have been taken over by Britains largest maker of facing bricks. The new owners are Butterley Building Materials of Ripley, Derbyshire who operate 15 sites in various parts of England. The deal follows the decision of the owner Mr A.C. Leggat to retire. A statement issued by Mr Leggat has assured the 140 workers at Auchinlea and Aldersyde of continuity of employment with the new owners who intend to operate the firm as Auchinlea Brick Company. Falkirk born Mr J. T. S Corbett, chairman and managing director of Butterley, hopes for further expansion in the Scottish market where they already “export” from Midlands sources from 10 million to 15 million bricks a year. Butterley Building Materials are part of the London based Hanson Trust whose interests range widely from farm services, colour printing and property development as well as brick making. Mr Leggat became manager of the firm when his father took it over in 1931. He succeeded his father as the owner on the latters death in 1948. A function attended by Auchinlea employees was held in the Cleland Miners Welfare on Monday night to mark Mr Leggat’s retiral. Miss Isobel Penrice, Mr Leggat’s secretary presented him with a silver salver from the employees. Mr Leggat suitably replied and thanked everyone for their co-operation over the years. A bouquet was presented to Mrs Leggat by Miss M. Penn. Tributes were paid to Mr Leggat by the County Councillor, Mrs Mary Rodger and John Reilly, head electrician. The chairman was Mr Richard A. Standring, general manager. Music was supplied by The Puppets.

Below – An undated photograph of a lorry with an AQB logo which is believed to stand for Auchinlea Quarries and Brickworks. The lorry is also marked Auchinlea and Cleland.

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