Old industrial Glasgow hidden in plain sight: What nine factories and warehouses in Glasgow are used for now

Old factories of Glasgow - here’s nine pictures of the best-known former factories and what they’re used for today

It wasn’t too long ago that Glasgow was an truly industrial city - generations of different factories, warehouses, and other sites still stand as a reminder of our city’s past.

It’s been even less time since Glasgow was a post-industrial city, a period when it saw a rapid decline and many of the old factories were brought to the ground.

Thanks to the listed building initiative however, many of the better presented factories like the Templeton Carpet Factory were preserved for their architectural significance.

These factories produced much more than just the products they manufactured, lifelong friends and even romances were made in the four walls of the factory - as Glaswegians worked ridiculously long hours before returning to slum tenement housing conditions.

Industries within Glasgow factories at the time varied wildly, it wasn’t just heavy industries like engine-building, cotton textiles and related industries like bleaching, dyeing, chemicals and textile engineering were also what happened in Glasgow factories.

To find out more about the life and times of Victorian Glaswegians, check out our picture gallery here.

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