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> Howdens/ Scotland Street, The Death of a famous Factory
Tennscot
post 6th Aug 2007, 12:14am
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I Helped Tear the Guts out of a bit of Glasgow History as the Last Tunnel Boring Machine went out the Front Door. I wondered just how many Lives and how many memories had been affected good or bad Thro` the years. My wife told me they`d used it as a shelter during WW2.I had never realized how big it was . It`s Power Station could have supported just about the whole of the surrounding area. My Wife had grown up in Carnoustie Street. She Couldn`t tell me much as her father had gone into the Merchant Navy during WW2. I`m sure there`s lots of tales to be told. Who wants to start.?????
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post 2nd Aug 2008, 03:49am
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Hi Tennscot, my father in law, George McGregor worked all his days in Howden's, he was a grinder. I lived very close to there, first in Avon Street, then when we were married we lived in a single end round the corner in Shields Road. It was a good place to live back then, handy to all transport, including the subway. And lots of picture houses.
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post 2nd Aug 2008, 11:06am
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My granda lived in In Carnoustie St. When It was called Crookston St.(off topic)
Think my cousin ,Bannerman is the name worked there..(from Scotland Street
162, jist roon frae Carnoustie St.) smile.gif

Old friend of mine was married to a Joe Finnegan who worked in Howdens, constant nightshift.


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post 2nd Aug 2008, 12:39pm
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The thing I remember about Howdens was my sister going after a job in the office. Get this they apologized and said we don’t employ Catholics in our office are you interested in working in the factory.That was the late fifties.Could you imagine that taking place today. Thank god things have changed. I'm told it was a very good company to work for,


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*David monk*
post 9th Oct 2008, 02:12pm
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My Dad Tony Monk done his apprenticship and worked there in the 60's i think any info e-mail me davidmonk1@hotmail.com
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*ROBERT A. MACKAYC*
post 28th Nov 2008, 12:45am
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I used to work at Howden's on Garscube Road it was at the top of Trossachs St and was next to Whitbreads, good memories
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Agnes & Robert
post 14th Dec 2008, 11:11pm
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My Niece's Husband's Father was the Superintendant there in Scotland Street, I worked in the one on Garscube Rd. next to Whitbreads back on 1945 I don't know if Howden's is still in operation, I that the one on Garscube Rd. is gone. My neice's Father's name was Bain, I think he retired a couple of years ago
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**David**
post 4th Mar 2013, 07:58am
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Does anyone fancy keeping this thread going???
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post 5th Jun 2014, 04:33pm
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Hi-my dad Bill Thomson was a draughtsman in Howden's drawing office-then at Butters cranes in Mclellan st-before rejoining Howden's at their place in Renfrew-before he retired in 1992-sadly he passed away in July 1997 at 67 years old.
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post 6th Nov 2014, 02:52pm
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I was a draughtsman beside you dad Bill Thomson when he was at Butters Cranes. I was 2 drawing-boards in front of him and we could look out the window and see the "new" M8 being built.

Our boss was Davie Mitchell. All the crane and mechanical grab drawings were done in pencil and ink. I worked with Bill until 1975 when I got married and went to live in Canada. Came back to Scotland in 1978.

Your dad was a gentleman and a pleasure to work with. Happy memories of his banter and his great sense of humour. Happy days!
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post 7th Nov 2014, 05:19pm
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Howdens have a place here in Jhb.. They have a furnace division which is one of our opposition.


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post 8th Nov 2014, 02:27pm
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was there no a howdens in maryhill. or is my memory playing tricks excuse the absence of capitals i got a new puter and cant find the key. g
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post 8th Nov 2014, 03:06pm
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QUOTE (irrie @ 8th Nov 2014, 02:44pm) *
was there no a howdens in maryhill. or is my memory playing tricks excuse the absence of capitals i got a new puter and cant find the key. g



Howden's on the Garscube Rd., opposite Hopehill Rd., next to Whitbread's brewery.


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