DOWN MEMORY LANE

ARGYLL WORKS / ROYAL NAVAL TORPEDO FACTORY – LOCH LOMOND OUTLET

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Argyll Works

I dashed off this masterpiece in watercolours some years ago during my Lochiel Bar period. It was in 1905 that William A. Smith and Alexander Govan relocated the Argyll Motors Ltd. to Alexandria. Work on the factory took fourteen months and cost £220,000. The largest car factory outside the USA, the frontage architecture was (and remains) magnificent. Five hundred and forty feet of beautifully-carved Dumfries red sandstone and Aberdeen granite, it is surmounted by a clock-tower, the dome of which was originally covered in gold-leaf. The main staircase was of Italian marble and said to be a copy of its equivalent in the Paris Opera House.  Not only did the company produce first class motor cars which were exported to every corner of the globe, but John Logie Baird served a part of his apprenticeship in this building before going on to invent the television.

W. Scobie


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