Bridgeton Local History Group
Recollections from a Time of Change
| Bridgeton Library hold copies of this book
|Before the Second World War, Bridgeton was
possibly the most highly industrialised few square miles on the planet.|
However by the late 1950s, things had begun to to change. Economic and
social changes can occur slowly and almost imperceptibly, but, in the
case of Bridgeton, these changes occurred very quickly and with
It was a period of de-industrialisation without any adequate or
properly planned replacement of employment. This would have been bad
enough, but it was also a period of forced urban renewal and consequent
population dispersal and decline.
Those who lived through this period are now of an age such that it is
imperative that their recollections of life and work are recorded and
set in context. This book is the result of a local history project
which began in the new Bridgeton Library, Olympia building in April
2013. A large number of local and past residents have been active in
the colections of memories of life in post-industrial Bridgeton. These
recollections have been edited and grouped into topics. A commentary
has set them into a wider social context, bringing out important
aspects of working-class life within a much loved part of Glasgow.
The local research group of past and present east-enders consisted of :
Rena Brown, Irene Craig, Robert Currie, George Kane, Agnes Johnston
Nyquist, Colin Mackie, Peter Mortimer,
Will McArthur, Thomas McCann, Alex McClure, Vicky McGeady, Rosemary
MacMillan, Stewart MacMillan,
Norrie MacNamee, Donna Robertson, Jessie Roxburgh, Jim Turnbull, Owen
Stewart, Lorraine Wylie, Robert Wylie.
The group was led by Professor Raymond Thomson, who before his
retirement, was Deputy Director of Lifelong Learning at the University
of Strathclyde. He and his wife Mary live in Bridgeton.
Local History Group is
grateful to Eileen Deans and her team at Bridgeton Library
us so welcome.
We also thank Clyde Gateway who provided funds for the
publication of the book.
This document can be downloaded in pdf format.
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Olympia Building Bridgeton Library