Situated north of
at the beginning of this
century Glenboig was a thriving
industrial village was
famous for the
production of fireclay products. The
population of the village increased from
only 120 in
1860 to 1,500 in 1890 and nearly all the
Glenboig formerly belonged to the
Fireclay Company whose works were said
to be the
largest of their kind in the world. The
reputation of the
goods produced at the works was such
were awarded from all over the world
including awards from Chile, India and
The village of Glenboig prospered in the
mid 19th century with the development of the Glenboig Union Fireclay
the story) There
was an increasing demand for its quality fireclay product from home and abroad.
were, at one time, believed to be the largest in the world.
If Glenboig's main industry was Fireclay, another important spoke in the industrial revolution was the railways. The Monkland and Kirkintilloch was started in 1824, and opened in 1826, running
from, Palacecraig, up through Coatbridge and Gartsherrie, and immediately to the East of the
Glenboig village. It has a claim to be Scotland's first actual "railway", putting it among the first few in the world.
A few years later, in 1831, the Glasgow and Garnkirk line opened, running on the other side of Glenboig, joining the Monkland and Kirkintilloch at Gartsherrie. Interestingly, these were the earlier Scottish lines to use locomotives. Both were built almost exclusively to carry coal but each, however, developed an increasing volume of other freight and of passenger traffic.
The village of Glenboig was not all belching chimneys, fire brick and screeching trains. Its first church was built around the middle of the 1800s. The village's first school was built in 1875-6, with two rooms and places for 177 children. This building had to be abandoned earlier in 1900s due to subsidence, and it has now been replaced.
In 1999 residents got together to
discuss the problems affecting their
local environment. As a result the
Glenboig and North Central Environmental
Group was established with the aim of
addressing local environmental issues.
Village Park was created.
Glenboig Village park
around 1955 - Click for bigger image
The Garnqueen - the Wee Shop
see story of Robert Chapman
Glenboig Post office
Workers at Hurll brickworks
Workers at Star
St Josephs Boys Guild c1947??
Do YOU know anyone in these photos??
Glenboig Neighbourhood House
Summerlee Heritage Park - Brick
Collection - Just a small part
of the Summerlee Collection
& Bricks - The story of Glenboig
Union Fireclay Co
The International Brick Collectors
Association California If
you're a brick collector, you may be
interested in this organization: The
International Brick Collectors