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J37 64609 at Parkhead - ©PM
Taken towards the end of steam (as evidenced by the diesel shunter in the background), this photograph was taken at Parkhead with the Beardmore foundry in the background. The company itself has its origins in 1835 when Robert Napier acquired first a yard on the Clyde belonging to the Reoch Brothers, and then in 1841, a forge to make iron plates for his shipyard. William Beardmore became a partner in the business in the 1860s and was joined by his brother and son, William Jr, who became sole partner and then founded William Beardmore and Co in 1886. By 1896 the works were the largest steelworks in Scotland, specialising in the manufacture of armaments and armour plate for warships. The 'Parkhead Forge' was a major employer in the East End of Glasgow with over 20,000 during the First World War. There was a slump during the 1920s and 1930s, a revival during the Second World War and then more hard times as the world-wide demand for warships and armaments declined. The Parkhead Forge finally closed in 1976. The Forge shopping centre was later built on the site, opening in 1988 and subsequently joined by a retail park and a market hall.

 


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