Clydebridge Steel Works History
Initially only about Clydebridge Works, still open but greatly reduced in size, this site now includes an industrial history of other Colvilles / British Steel / Corus / Tata iron and steel works in Scotland, such as: Dalzell 1861-present and still producing high quality heavy plate, Clyde Iron 1786-1977, Hallside 1873-1979, Glengarnock 1843-1985, Lanarkshire 1889, Blochairn 1850-1962, Wishaw 1859-1930, Ravenscraig 1953-1992.
Clydebridge Steelworks in Cambuslang, at the East End of Glasgow opened in 1887. It was one of the giants of industrial Scotland, and its' steel plates were formed into many of the most famous ships built on the River Clyde (and elsewhere) including the Lusitania, Mauretania, Queen Mary, HMS Hood, Queen Elizabeth, QE2. The adjacent Clyde Iron Works, which operated from 1786 to 1978, was where the hot blast process was invented, in 1828, by James Beaumont Neilson. This one invention lead to a rapid increase in iron manufacture and the growth of industry in Scotland.
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