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Coatbridge, Lanarkshire

Historical Description

COATBRIDGE, a village, in the late quoad sacra parish of GARTSHERRIE, parish of OLD MONKLAND, Middle ward of the county of LANARK, 1½ mile (N. W.) from Airdrie; containing 1599 inhabitants. This is a very thriving place, which has more than doubled in extent and population within the last twenty years, owing to the extension of the iron trade in the district, and to its being in the vicinity of valuable coal-mines. The Dundyvan and Summerlee iron-works in the neighbourhood are conducted on a large scale, and afford employment to a great part of the population. The village is on the road from Airdrie to Glasgow, and the Monkland canal also affords facilities of conveyance. The Garnkirk and Coatbridge extension of the Garnkirk and Glasgow railway was formed under an act passed in 1844, and was opened to the public the following year: it is rather more than a mile long. Ready intercourse is likewise afforded by the Caledonian, the Kirkintilloch, the Ballochney, and the Wishaw and Coltness lines. A post-office is established here, and there is a place of worship for members of the Free Church. A most elegant institution has been erected for educational purposes by W. Baird, Esq., of Gartsherrie: it has abont 300 scholars, under the care of three teachers, two of them male teachers for reading, writing, and arithmetic, geography, Latin, Greek, and French, and one a female teacher to instruct in needlework plain and ornamental.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 1851 by Samuel Lewis