Carron Iron Works



Dates

26/12/1760Carron Iron Works
Carron Iron Works opens. Managed by Dr John Roebuck. Shareholders in the Carron Company were; Dr John Roebuck, Thomas Roebuck, Ebenezer Roebuck, William Cadell (Senior) and William Cadell (Junior) of Cockenzie (who owned pits at Tranent), John Cadell and Samuel Garbett. The works may even have been in blast in January.
  /  /1765Carron Iron Works
The Carron Company projects Duke Street in Glasgow as a direct route from Cumbernauld to Glasgow.
  /  /1766Carron Iron Works
Carron Company tramway to Kinnaird and Carronhall collieries opened.
  /  /1766Carron Iron Works
Smeaton blowing engine installed for continuous blast, power came from waterwheels.
  /  /1767Carron Iron Works
Carron Company tramway to Kinnaird and Carronhall collieries re-laid with iron rails from Coalbrookdale.
13/11/1767Coalbrookdale
First cast-iron rails made. Some of these may have been used on the Carron Iron Works waggonway to Kinnaird.
  /  /1768Elgin Waggonway
Opened from Berrylaw to Limekilns Harbour with wooden rails by the 5th Earl of Elgin (or William Cadell, sources disagree). The line carried coal and iron ore for the Carron Iron Works.
  /  /1769Carron Iron Works
Tramway to Quarrole colliery opened.
  /  /1773Carron Iron Works
Dr John Roebuck sells his portion of the Carron Company due to financial difficulties in his flooded mines.
  /  /1779Tranent Waggonway
Taken over by John Cadell of the Carron Iron Works.
  /  /1810Carron Iron Works
Tramway (see Carron Company) to Bainsford Basin on the Forth and Clyde Canal opened, replacing an earlier navigable cut.
  /  /1816Carron Iron Works
Buy land in Buchanan Street for warehousing and a managers house.
  /  /1819Falkirk Iron Works
Set up by former Carron Iron Works employees. Many foundries followed shortly in the immediate area. Pig-iron from Middlesbrough was used and these works were a cheaper option than the existing practice of sending pig-iron to Glasgow by the canal for manufacturing and then return by the canal.
  /  /1840Nethercroy Colliery
In operation above Auchinstarry on Croy Hill, later operated by the Carron Iron Works and they built a railway round the east side of the Croy hill to the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.
  /  /1858Carron Iron Works
Railway connection opened from Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway.
  /  /1860Carron Iron Works
Tramway to Bainsford Basin on the Forth and Clyde Canal abandoned after railway opened from Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway.
  /  /1870Blairhall Colliery
Opened by the Carron Iron Works for blackband ironstone.
  /  /1870Carron Iron Works
Blairhall Colliery sunk. This was served by the Stirling and Dunfermline Railway. Sold to Lochgelly Iron Company who then sold it to the Coltness Iron Company.
  /  /1872Carron Iron Works
Sells its pig-iron stockpile.
  /  /1880Carron Iron Works
Road to north is diverted and works greatly expanded.
  /  /1880Blairhall Colliery
Sold by the Carron Iron Works to the Lochgelly Iron Company.
  /  /1904Shieldhill Colliery
New coke ovens built at this Carron Iron Works owned pit.
21/10/1905Falkirk and District Tramways Company
Circular 6.5 mile tramway opened from Falkirk to Camelon to Larbert to Carron Iron Works to Falkirk.
  /  /1906Craigend Colliery
Carron Iron Works takes over operation from United Collieries Ltd of this colliery near Standburn. Pits re-developed.
  /  /1907Gardrum Pit
Opened by the Carron Iron Works.
  /  /1908Bainsford Branch (Caledonian Railway) Bainsford Branch (North British Railway)
By-pass line from Swing Bridge Junction to Fouldubs Junction partly opened. The western half was owned by the North British Railway (part of the former line to the Carron Iron Works) and the eastern was to be opened by the Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1913Carronhall Colliery
Private line from Carron Iron Works north and to the east to Pit 5 and William Pit extended to Letham Colliery.
  /  /1936Bannockburn Colliery
Carron Iron Works takes over from the Alloa Coal Company.
  /12/1936Carnock Coke Ovens Bannockburn Colliery Pirnhall Mine
Bought by the Carron Iron Works from the Alloa Coal Company.
  /  /1985Carron Iron Works
Closed.