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British Asphalte oil works

Location 55.869421, -4.255801, show in map
Former parish and county Parish of Barony, Lanarkshire
Current local authority area City of Glasgow
Construction history Erected pre 1865
Ownership history The British Asphalte Company
Demolition history Dismantled c.1871?
Current status of site Derelict ground

Not listed by Redwood

The British Asphalte Company were listed under "Paraffin Oil Manufacturers" at 92, Stirling Street, Port Dundas in each addition of the annual Glasgow Post Office Directory between 1868-9 and 1870-1. An account of a fire at the works in 1865 (see snippet, below) suggests that, in addition to manufacturing asphalte and distilling tar, the company also refined shale oil at that time.

Valuation Records

To be researched


Ordnance Survey maps reproduced by kind permission of the Trustees of the National Library of Scotland.


ALARMING FIRE NEAR PORT-DUNDAS – MAN BURNED TO DEATH. Yesterday afternoon, about half-past one o'clock, an alarming fire broke out in the premises of the British Asphalte Company, asphalte manufacturers and distillers of tars, mineral oils, &c., situated at 92 Stirling Street Port-Dundas. The fire was occasioned by the bursting of a still containing shale oil, situated to the north of the works, and immediately thereafter the oil, which flowed into the furnace, blazed with great fury. To the south of the works is situated the extensive soap manufactory of Messrs James Parker & Co.

The Glasgow Herald 30th November 1865


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