Garrowhill Brickworks, Ballieston, Glasgow

According to The Survey of Scottish Brickworks, the brickworks operated c. 1928 – 1945. I am unable to identify any brickworks named Garrowhill on the OS Maps.

Canmore –  Indicates the site of the Garrowhill Brickworks which appears to be the same location as the Barrachnie Brickworks.

Below – 31/12/1936 – Sheffield Independent – Henry Boot – reference building houses at Garrowhill and brickmaking businesses.

12/03/1938 – Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser – Garrowhill Brickworks is still working at full pressure, demand still exceeding supply.

24/07/1939 – Daily Record – Reference to Messrs H Boot, the well known firm of housebuilders at Garrowhill, Ballieston (Were the brickworks working at this time?)

1946 – Shirlaw Allan, Industrial auctioneers sell the public works contractors plant – Garrowhill brickworks, Ballieston, Glasgow.

Below – 1947 –  Garrowhill brickworkers

29/10/1948 – Motherwell Times  –  On the spot welfare helps brickworkers – Employees in brickworks in Lanarkshire and throughout the country have now been brought into line with workers in other industries in the provision of welfare facilities which include canteen or mess room accommodation at their places of employment. These welfare innovations have been granted to the brickworkers by The Clay Works (Welfare) Special Regulations 1948 which came into operation on 1st October.

The facilities which now become available to brickworkers are washing facilities with clean towels, protective clothing and adequate accommodation for this clothing, together with laundry and canteen or mess room accommodation, a shelter for kiln workers and an ambulance room with equipment and first aid requisites.

Interviewed by the ‘Times’ reporter Mr W Scholes, district organiser for the Transport and General Workers Union said that these revolutionary changes in welfare facilities in the clay industry though long overdue, were satisfactory to officials and employees and placed the latter on the same scale as other factory workers.  Greatest benefit in Scotland through the changes will be experienced in Lanarkshire and Fife where the largest number of brickworks are in operation. Lanarkshire clay industries where the new welfare facilities will be enjoyed are

Broomhouse Brickworks.

Blantyreferme Brickworks, Uddingston.

Fallside Brickworks, Tannochside.

Rosehall Brickworks.

Garrowhill Brickworks.

Airdrie Brickworks.

Stippends (Stepends)  brickworks.


Whistleberry Brickworks, Blantyre.

Hamilton Brickworks.

Birkenshaw Brickworks.

Auchenheath Brickworks.

Mayfield Brickworks.

Holytown Brickworks.

Auchenlea Brickworks.

09/12/1955 – Motherwell Times  – Colliery bings to be removed. Planning permission has been granted to Messrs Henry Boot ( Garden Estates) Ltd, Garrowhill Brickworks, Baillieston for the removal of the colliery bings at Newhouse – Newarthill area.

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