Braes colliery in the 1920s

The coke ovens at Craigend Colliery being constructed circa 1920

The coke ovens at Craigend Colliery being constructed circa 1920

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Falkirk was once the industrial heart of Scotland due to its plentiful collieries and foundries, employing large numbers of men from the local population.

William Lamond of Windsor Road, a keen contributor to these pages, sent in this picture of men constructing coke ovens at Craigend Colliery in the Braes around 1920.

The details supplied with the picture say the ovens were, “...built in rows in order to conserve heat and to make loading and unloading easier.

“Coke is used in iron and steel production and so its supply was very important to the large number of foundries in the Falkirk area.

“Interestingly, wagons from the two great rival Scottish railway companies of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Caledonian and North British Railways, are being used on the supply train.”