Coatbridge


    Lanarkshire history book
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Located in the Lanarkshire parish of Old Monkland, the Coatbridge area was a sleepy collection of rural villages until the late 18th century. Then, with the discovery of ironstone, the building of the Monklands Canal and the increased mining of coal, the town of Coatbridge grew.

Local landowners made their fortune from the black gold below their feet and from the ironworks they built to help fuel the industrial revolution. Names such as Baird of Gartsherrie became known the world over as their products were exported to every corner of the empire.

Coatbridge also had smaller foundries making tools, rivets, tin-plate and other products.
 
Industry created thousands of jobs which attracted workers from near and far, not least immigrants from Ireland in seek of work. By the mid-19th century Coatbridge's coal mines , ironworks and furnaces  and coalfields had made it  the most industrialised area in Scotland.
The town has seen many changes over the years - the slums  that crowded around the Ironworks have long gone, as have the ironworks themselves. Coal is no longer deep-mined in the area , but Coatbridge has moved on from  being a depressed ex- industrial area to a thriving town once more. Contained within these pages are over 200 illustrations of the Town in bygone days. There are views of long gone streets, vanished industries, school groups, businesses and shops which will delight older residents and give younger ones a feel of what made Coatbridge what it is today  Coatbridge Bank Street

Bank Street

Coatbridge Main Street

Main Street at Fountain Circle.

 

 

Coatbridge bus 1930's

 1930's Bus in the Main Street 

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