NS3880 : Former Argyll Motor Works: detail

taken 6 years ago, near to Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Former Argyll Motor Works: detail
Former Argyll Motor Works: detail
The part of the building on which this detail appears can be identified, just left of centre, in a view of the NS3880 : The former Argyll Motor Works as a whole.
Former Argyll Motor Works

This very grand building (or what remains of it today) has a chequered history.

The Argyll Motor Works was an extensive factory complex, built in 1905-7. It was considered to be the largest car factory in Europe at that time, but it only built cars for six years before being sold to the Royal Navy and converted to a torpedo factory.

The factory closed after WWI, but was reopened by The Admiralty as a torpedo factory again in 1937.

Torpedo production continued into the 1950s. The building was later taken over by Plessey and was the site of a workers' sit-in in the early 1970s.

Following another period of disuse and partial demolition, it reopened as Loch Lomond Retail Outlets in 1997 and remains a retail outlet centre at the time of writing in April 2013.

There is a car museum within the building, this was not open when I visited in April 2013, but still appears to be in business.

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Date Taken
Monday, 7 March, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 29 March, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Architect (from Tags)
Halley & Neil  Charles James Halley  Hamilton Neil 
Former (from Tags)
Munitions Factory  Car Factory  Torpedo Factory 
Primary Subject of Photo
Building Detail 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3892 8068 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:59.5173N 4:35.0421W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3889 8067
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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