Thursday, April 16, 2015

Clydebank, Dunbartonshire

Clydebank is a community born in the Industrial Revolution. Before 1870 the area was mostly rural and agricultural with some small-scale mining operations and boat building yards. Glasgow borders Clydebank along the Clyde River. The growth in trade and industry meant more shipping quays were needed. J & G Thomson, a shipbuilding concern, purchased land in Clydebank. It was opposite where the Cart river flows into the Clyde and close to the Forth and Clyde Canaland. By 1880 over 2,000 people, mostly shipyard workers lived in Clydebank.

Clydebank, photograph courtesy of Urban Glasgow

Singer Sewing Machine Company built a massive factory in Clydebank between 1882 and 1884. Clydebank became a police burgh in 1886. Thomas Riddell, the youngest son of John and Martha (Muir) Riddell, moved his family to Clydebank from Glasgow between 1891 and 1901. Many members of the family lived the remainder of their lives in the city.

Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Clydebank, c1901; photograph courtesy of
"Not Yet Published" blog

"Clydebank," Urban Glasgow
"Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Clydebank, c1901," "Not Yet Published" blog,

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