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Bellsdyke Oil Works

Alternative names:
Glenmains Oil Works
Former parish and county:
Parish of New Monkland, Lanarkshire
Local authority:
North Lanarkshire
Current status of site:
Housing, public open space
Regional overview:


Not listed by Redwood.

The precise location of these works are not known. "Glenmains" does not appear as a place name on OS maps, however "Bellsdyke" lies about half a mile south of Airdrie town centre, in New Monkland parish, and was site of a number of coal workings.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1899.

  • Rateable value by year
    • Date Rateable Value Owner Occupier Notes
      1866-67 £120 Henry Todd Henry Todd
      1868 £120 Henry Todd Henry Todd Name change to Bellsdyke
      1869 £120 Henry Todd Henry Todd Oil Works
      1870 £120 Henry Todd Henry Todd
      1871 £120 Henry Todd Henry Todd
      1872 -- Henry Todd Henry Todd Taken down
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  • Newspaper references
    • The oil trade, which is now carried on very extensively in this neighbour hood seems to be in a prosperous state. As an evidence of this, we may state that the Bellsdyke Oil Works, belonging to Mr. Henry Todd, Airdrie, which stood idle for a length of time, have been recently put into operation

      Glasgow Evening Post, 21st March 1870


      PUBLIC SALE AT BELLSDYKE OIL WORKS, AIRDRIE On TUESDAY, 6th AUGUST 1872. The Subscriber has been instructed to DISPOSE of the following undernoted PLANT, &c., Consisting of 20 RETORTS, 10 ft. X 5ft. 6 in. X 22 in., with Doors, Screens, Furnace Doors and Bars. A Large Quantity of CONDENSER PIPES (Cast-Iron) 3in. and 7-in Diameter. A SHEET-IRON CONDENSER, about 150 ft. Long 22 in. Diameter. Large Boiler 23 ft. X 5ft. 6 in. Quantity of MALLEABLE IRON PIPES, 1 and 1 and a half in. Diameter. About 100,000 BRICKS. A Lot of MALLEABLE and CAST-IRON; also, a Number of 1 and three-quarter Inch Diameter COCKS. Sale to begin at Twelve Noon, Terms Cash. JOHN CRICHTON, Auctioneer.

      Scotsman, 2nd August 1872