Coltness Iron Co Limited, Newmains, North Lanarkshire.
1839 – Coltness Iron Company founded. There were some very old brick kilns to the north of the ironworks which are believed to date from around that time. The Newmains Fireclay Works were their main brick producing site. Bricks manufactured at the Newmains Fireclay Works were lower grade and latterly they concentrated on glazed enamel whiteware. – Source Kenneth W Sanderson.
1858 – Mineral Statistics of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for 1858 –Coltness, Clay of coal measures. Name of freeholder – Lord Belhaven. Manufacturer – Lord Belhaven. Manufacture estimated annual output – 409,826 bricks, 55,300 fire bricks, 827,844 drain pipes, 166,050 composition bricks, 6,572 other articles. (Note SBH – I believe this entry relates to the Coltness Iron Co Limited as opposed to the Coltness Brick and Tile Works).
04/08/1888 – Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette – To architects, engineers and builders – Bricks of special manufacture for all building purposes and particularly adapted for engineering works where great strength is required. Coltness Iron Co Ld, Newmains.
Below – 1889 – Advert Coltness Iron Company.
Below – 1893 – Advert Coltness Iron Company.
Below – 12/07/1899 – Daily Telegraph and Courier – Coltness Iron Company Limited prospectus. The three brickworks of the company are in efficient condition and are situated at Newmains and Hallcraig, in Lanarkshire both being the absolute property of the company and Jordanhill, Glasgow. The manufacture of enamelled fireclay goods is carried at Newmains, and that of building bricks at Hallcraig and Jordanhill, the capacity of the two latter being about twenty millions of bricks per annum. The properties absolutely owned by the company, including the above-mentioned purchase, are as follows (1) At Newmains, about 325 acres of mineral area, and 270 of surface area, upon which the blast furnaces, &c., are situated, and having abundance spare room for future extension. (2) Woodend, in Linlithgowshire, about 1,024 acres surface and minerals, upon which one of the company’s collieries. (3) At Hallcraig, in Lanarkshire, about 186 acres of surface and minerals, upon which is one of the company’s brickworks. The mineral in this property is chiefly clay band ironstone. (4) Mayfield and neighbourhood, in Lanarkshire, about 187 acres of the mineral area — chiefly clay band ironstone and limestone.
1936 – 1937 – Coltness Iron Co Ltd, iron and coal masters, manufacturing chemist, oil merchants, iron and steel founders, manufacturers of Portland cement, fire clay enamel goods and composition building brick, 34 Robertson Street. Works – Newmains, Lanarkshire.
10/04/1936 – The Scotsman – Coltness Iron Company Limited. Annual company meeting … The working of the brick and cement works has been affected through building construction having been held up owing to the severe winter weather, but the prospect ahead for building material is quite bright …
12/04/1938 – The Scotsman – Coltness Iron Company Limited. Annual company meeting … Our brickworks have been going full, with a good demand for building brick …
13/04/1940 – The Scotsman – Coltness Iron Company Limited. Annual company meeting … Our cement and brickworks were extremely busy until the end of the year when the building industry was practically brought to a standstill unless for Government and A.R.P work and with this exception, the market for bricks has almost disappeared …
– Edinburgh Gazette – The Companies Act, 1948. Company Limited by Shares. Special Resolution (pursuant to Section 141 (2)) of Coltness Iron Co Ltd, passed 8th October 1951. At an Extraordinary General Meeting of the above-named Company, duly convened, and held in The Merchants’ Hall, 30 George Square, Glasgow, on the 8th day of October 1951, the subjoined Special Resolution was duly passed, viz. :— That the Company be wound up voluntarily, and that Lieut.-Col. James Filmer Hamilton Houldsworth, Coltness House, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, and Ian Wilson Macdonald, Chartered Accountant, Glasgow, be, and are hereby, appointed Joint Liquidators for the purpose of such winding-up. James F.H Houldsworth, Chairman.
The Companies Act. 1948. Notice of Appointment of Liquidator, pursuant to Section 305. Members voluntary winding up. Name of Company, Coltness Iron Company Limited. Nature of Business, Iron Masters and Brickmakers. Address of Registered Office, 118 Queen Street, Glasgow. Liquidators’ Names and Addresses, Lieut-Col. James Filmer Hamilton Houldsworth, Coltness House, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, and ‘ Ian Wilson Macdonald, Chartered Accountant, 149 West George Street, Glasgow. Date of Appointment, 8th October 1951. By Whom Appointed—Members of Company by Special Resolution. James F.H Houldsworth, Ian W MacDonald, Liquidators.
– Wishaw Press – Change of title for Coltness Iron Company. New company to boost brick production. Bold new plans for the future are announced this week By the Coltness Iron Company Ltd. The plans, aimed at putting the company in the forefront of Scottish industry, include a change of title, the formation of a new company to handle sales, the switch of headquarters from Newmains to Glasgow and a 75 per cent increase in brick production at the Morningside, Airdrie and Carluke brickworks. The ” meet the future ” plans were announced at a Press Conference, which followed an extraordinary general meeting of the company, held in the Central Hotel, Glasgow, last Friday. Company chairman, Lt. Col. J. F. H. Houldsworth, announced the change of name. After 127 years the old title Coltness Iron Company Limited goes out. The new company title is COLTNESS INDUSTRIES LIMITED. A new company, Coltness (Sales) Ltd. has been set up to handle all the sales of Coltness Industries and group headquarters are to be moved from Main Street. Newmains, to a new building which is almost complete, Clive House, India Street, Glasgow. Brick production at Chapel Brickworks, Morningside, Mayfield Brickworks, Carluke and Stepends Brickwork Airdrie is to be stepped up by 75% which should result in the production of over one million bricks a week. The step-up in production has meant an investment of £150,000 by the company in new machinery. The plans will mean an additional 30 jobs at the Chapel Brickworks, Morningside, where a new kiln is being built and where production is expected to bump from 130,000 to 420,000 bricks a week in August. Referring to the change of name of the company Col. Houldsworth said: ” This is a natural step to take, especially as the company is no longer identified with iron and steel foundries or, indeed, coal mining although we are still proud to be of service to the N.C.B. through our subsidiary company, Beckett & Anderson who manufacture mining equipment.” Col. Houldsworth continued “We are now a well-diversified Scottish industrial company with widespread interests on Clydeside, in Stirlingshire and Lanarkshire manufacturing bricks, nails, central heating, mining haulage and marine winch equipment. Our total assets are over £1 million. We employ 400 people and we hope before long that through growth, development and diversification, we shall employ many more. I believe all the changes underline our belief in the future and our intention to think far ahead and plan accordingly”. Concluding, Col Houldsworth said,” I hope that what I have said indicates that Coltness Industries Limited are today 127 years young. We intend to keep it that way and we intend to play our part in the life and prosperity of Scotland. Coltness Iron Works were founded at Newmains, in 1837. In 1899 Coltness Iron Company became a public company. By that date, in addition to nine blast furnaces and iron and steel foundries, the Company owned 20 coal mines and pits in the counties of Lanark, West Lothian, Fife and Midlothian.
By 1930 the Company’s coal mining interests had spread to West Cumberland and Warwickshire. Following the nationalisation of the mines on 1st January 1947, the Company was left with its iron and steel foundries, brickworks and blast furnaces and cement works. Since then the management has sought expansion by diversification in various directions through the parent company and its subsidiaries. In 1947 Mayfield brickworks were built at Carluke and the following year Beckett & Anderson became a wholly-owned subsidiary. In 1950 Newmains Brickwork company was purchased and during 1952 the iron and steel foundries were sold. Eight years ago J. & W. Somerville became a wholly-owned subsidiary. In 1963 the blast furnace, cement works closed.
March 1970. – Clay Worker Magazine – Coltness Industries Limited – General Manager – Required to control the entire operation of three Brickworks producing over one million common bricks per week. The works have been modernised with new stiff plastic machinery, conveyor handling systems and Hoffman kilns and are well managed. The applicant should be 30 to 40 years of age. A high management ability and first-class practical knowledge of brickmaking is absolutely essential. He must be conversant with and able to maintain full budgetary control and be prepared to spend time and energy on the continued successful operation of these works. The position will be one of direct responsibility to the Managing Director. The commencing salary will be £3,000 per annum with a company car, free life insurance, assistance with removal, good contributory pension scheme. Applications should give full details of age, experience, positions held, availability, eat. And be addressed to Mr A. L. Teller, Managing Director, Coltness Brickworks Limited, Church Avenue, Newmains, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Below – Unknown date – Coltness Iron Co, Newmains, Lanarkshire advert … bricks for building purposes and enamelled sanitary goods …