Orbiston, Tile Works, Bellshill, Glasgow

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Orbiston, Tile Works, Bellshill, Glasgow

Unknown date – The following entries are recorded by the Carluke Parish Historical Society as being extracts from ‘James Blake’s’ notebooks….

Castlehill drainers find field of clay at Orbiston, Bellshill on Lawmuir Farm – old works here.

26/01/1849 – Glasgow Herald – Orbiston Tile Work in the parish of Bothwell to let  – This tile work situated near to Belshill and in the immediate vicinity of the Motherwell Branch of the Clydesdale Junction Railway with other good roads in all directions, is to be let, for such a number of years as may be agreed on. There is an abundant supply of clay of the best quality, the drying sheds are much approved of and the kiln is in good order. A dwelling house is attached. The tackman will be required to carry on the works, keep the premises in repair and to pay a Lordship upon the output as rent. Offers on these terms may be lodges with Messrs T. and J Dykes, Writers, in Hamilton for one month from this date. The premises will be shown by the gardener at Orbiston House. Hamilton 10/01/1849

17/05/1850 – Glasgow Herald – Alexander Orr and Samuel Clark were charged with assaulting on the 21st last, Hugh McCormick brick and tile maker at Orbiston Tile Works………….


Below – 1859 – OS Map – possible site of the Orbiston Tile Works. The works appear disused by 1898

17/11/1862 – Glasgow Herald – Farms to let in the Parish of Bothwell. The farms of Mains of Orbiston along with the adjoining farm of Bankhead in the parish of Bothwell of the shire of Lanark as at present possessed by Messrs Kinnes will be let for 19 years……there is a tile work adjoining the farms and belonging to the proprietor……the out going tenants do not offer.

1868 – A. White, Orbiston Tile Work, Bellshill, Glasgow ( Believed to be Andrew White)

1879 – ….and at Orbiston there is a brick clay worked which also appears to belong to the ‘beds in the till’. This brick clay contains hazelnuts…..

Below – 13/03/1882 – Glasgow Herald – Robert White, Orbiston Tile Works – Advert for drain pipes.

23/02/1888 – Southern Reporter – A boy of 10 years of age, named Walter Ramsay son of James Ramsay, miner, Orbieston, Bothwell has been drowned in an old clay hole at Orbieston Tile Work. Along with a companion, he was amusing himself on the ice when it gave way at a point seven feet deep.

23/01/1889 – Sale of brick and tile makers plant and stock, household furniture etc at Orbiston Tile Works, Belshill tomorrow (Thursday) 24th January at ten am. Shirlaw and Allan & Co instructed by Messrs William Brown & Co, Solicitors, Hamilton, will sell by auction the above. Hamilton 23rd January 1889