Drumpark Brickworks, Bargeddie, Glasgow.

Drumpark Brickworks, Bargeddie, Glasgow, Lanarkshire aka Bargeddie Brickworks.


British Brick Society Information Sheet No 31 (Nov 83) Dewar and Findlay Ltd, Drumpark Brickworks, Bargeddie, Glasgow. (NR 705641). Operated from 1895 to 1977, producing high quality pressed red facings, either red or blue.

1895 – The 1985 publication ‘A survey of Scottish brickmarks’ suggests the works opened at this time.

Below – 1910 – Drumpark Brickworks.

Below – 14/07/1919 – The Scotsman – Dewar and Finlay dispose of Drumpark Brickworks and it is taken over by the new proprietors Dewar and Finlay Ltd.

28/05/1921 – Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser – Glasgow acquiring brickwork. The Housing Committee of Glasgow Corporation have recommended that the Drumpark Brickworks, Bargeddie, be acquired at a price of £20,000. Originally the offer to the Corporation was to sell the works a going concern for £24,500 but the lower price was ultimately accepted.

19/10/1927 – Coatbridge Express – Airdrie Sheriff Court. A case regarding compensation claimed by a woman who lost 2 fingers while working at Drumpark Brickworks, owned by Dewar and Findlay.

01/04/1933 – Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser – Reference to Mr Thomas Davie, director of Drumpark Brickworks throwing the first quoit at the Drumpark Quoiting Club.

03/10/1931 – Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser – New Roman Catholic School, Coates Hill, Coatbridge … the structure is of a simple and substantial nature of brickwork harled with cement and having a base and other features of facing bricks from Drumpark …

01/04/1933 – Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser – Drumpark quoiting club. Reference to Mr Thomas Davie, director of Drumpark Brickworks opening the club.

30/05/1945 – Coatbridge Express – Girl workers admit a charge of malicious destruction. Three young girls who, while acting in concert, decided to place a steel knife in a machine in order to get “a spell” off work, appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court on Monday. Elizabeth Foy, brickworker, 7 Dykehead Road, Bargeddie, and two juveniles admitted having on 27th April in Drumpark Brickworks, Bargeddie, while acting in concert, maliciously placed a metal brick mixing knife into a brick mould whereby it was damaged and put out of use until 30th April. Mr W. W. Allan, Procurator fiscal, said there were two brick making machines in operation at the works. Both were capable of turning out one thousand bricks an hour for the kilns. About 11.30 on 27th April these girls thought they would have what they termed “a spell” and they decided among themselves to stop the machine. A steel knife was placed in one of the moulds and it got jammed and stopped the machine. When warned and charged, Foy said that the second accused approached her and said she was “fed up” working. In regard to the stopping of the machine, Foy told her she would have nothing to do with it. The second accused had stated that Foy said she was quite willing to stop the machine if the youngest accused agreed. The youngest accused had agreed but had later taken “cold feet”. Foy had told the second accused to place the knife under a flight of stairs and the other girl would put it in the mould. The youngest accused had said she knew she would be found out but nevertheless had placed the knife in the moulds. Sheriff Prain imposed a fine of £3 on each accused, allowing two weeks for payment.

Below  – 01/01/1949 – Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser – Coal thefts endanger production. A man is arrested.

13/01/1951 – Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser – Fatal accident at brickworks – Peter McFaulds, aged 35, 38 C Coats Street, Coatbridge was instantly killed on Friday of last week when a flywheel of an engine in Bargeddie Brickworks broke. As a result of the accident, 30 workers were rendered unemployed.

Below – 31/03/1951 – Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser – Fatal accident at Drumpark Brickworks.

Below – 1954 – Drumpark Brickworks.

16/10/1954 – Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser – Many thefts of coal have been taking place at the Drumpark Brickworks of Dewar and Finlay Limited, Bargeddie and Police have arrested several persons some of whom have already been prosecuted … The principal offenders, it is stated, are women and children.

17/03/1956 – Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser – The Drumpark Brickworks social and dance was held in Ballieston Welfare Hall on Thursday of last week.

1977 – Drumpark Brickworks, Bargeddie, Lanarkshire (NS 704643) of Dewar & Finlay Ltd. were closed and sold up in May. One of the few Scottish works making plastic-clay facing bricks, Drumpark had an unusually wide range of kilns. The main kiln range was, unusually for Scotland, of the Staffordshire type, and there were circular and rectangular downdraught kilns., Much of the clay preparation and brick moulding machinery was by James Mitchell & Son, the Cambuslang clay machinery specialists.

Below – Unknown date – Bargeddie Brickworks, Glasgow. Part of the downdraft kiln at Dewar & Finlays Works. Also depicted a plastic – clay brick making machines at Bargeddie. The one on the right was made by James Mitchell and Son Cambuslang.

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