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Templeton's Factory Disaster

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Templeton's Factory Disaster

A photograph showing the western section of James Templeton & Co's carpet factory in William Street (subsequently renamed Templeton Street) in Bridgeton after the disaster of 1 November 1889. At about 5.15pm that evening, unusually high winds caused a large section of the new western extension to collapse into the adjoining weaving shed. The workforce was composed almost entirely of East End women and many were buried in the ruins.

The Eastern and Central Fire Brigades attended the scene under Superintendent William Paterson and they were assisted by the Glasgow Salvage Corps and policemen in their search for survivors. The firemen and Salvage Corps were replaced at 7pm by organised search parties consisting of workers from the factory. Although many women were rescued, twenty-nine died in the rubble.

Reference: TD 338/23/1

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

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