Templeton's Carpet Factory, Glasgow

Templeton's Carpet Factory, Glasgow

Can you imagine the council allowing a company to build a huge factory in a chic area of your city? No? Neither could the people whose houses overlooked Glasgow Green Park, but Templeton’s Carpet Factory was constructed there in 1892.

There had been weaving sheds on the edge of the park for many years, and James Templeton wanted to incorporate them into a single factory, but the wealthy citizens didn’t fancy the idea and his plans were repeatedly rejected.

Finally he hired William Leiper, a renowned architect and told him he wanted a building that didn’t look anything like a factory. Leiper based his design on the Doge’s Palace in Venice, with an elegant façade of glazed red brick, vitreous enamelled tiling and terracotta.

The construction was well underway when a part of the façade collapsed onto adjoining weaving sheds, killing 29 women working in them. In 1900 a fire destroyed part of the building, killing several other workers and the factory began to gain a reputation for being haunted.

Extension work was carried out during the nineteen thirties and the factory produced double-weave Axminster carpets until it merged with another company in 1983 and the Scottish Development Agency took over the building and turned it into a business centre.

In 2005 the extensions were torn down and a block of flats were built in their place. A section of stonework at the base of the Templeton Gate was inscribed with the story of the façade’s collapse and the names of the women who had died there.

This sight is featured in a self-guided walking tour of Glasgow, Scotland within the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play. Please download the app to your mobile phone or tablet for travel directions for visiting this sight. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Templeton's Carpet Factory on Map

Sight Name: Templeton's Carpet Factory
Sight Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Landmarks Of Glasgow Self-Guided Tour Part 2  

Walking Tours in Glasgow, Scotland

Create Your Own Walk in Glasgow

Create Your Own Walk in Glasgow

Creating your own self-guided walk in Glasgow is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Top Nightspots in Glasgow: Self-Guided Tour

Top Nightspots in Glasgow: Self-Guided Tour

Glasgow is famous for its vibrant nightlife, with lots of top nightspots located close to one another. This gives any visitor a wide choice of places to go, from simple pubs to trendy and chic clubs. Don't miss the chance to visit some of the most popular clubs in Glasgow with our Top Nightspots tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Museums & Galleries Tour

Museums & Galleries Tour

One thing you have to do on your trip to Glasgow is see some of its many museums and galleries. These fabulous places offer a great insight into different aspects of Scottish art, culture, transport, science, history and more. This tour will guide you to the most interesting Museums & Galleries located in the city center.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Walking Tour of Sauchiehall Street

Walking Tour of Sauchiehall Street

Sauchiehall Street is one of Glasgow's most interesting and fascinating districts. It's a lively spot full of great shopping and entertainment venues. Take our walking tour and explore the area.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Places of Worship Walking Tour of Glasgow

Places of Worship Walking Tour of Glasgow

The feeling of serenity, of being free from stress and worries is very precious nowadays. And where better to find this than inside a church. Glasgow is home to a number of great churches that are notable for their architectural design, mostly in a Gothic style. Take our Places of Worship tour to visit the best churches in the city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.8 km
Landmarks Of Glasgow Tour Part 1

Landmarks Of Glasgow Tour Part 1

Glasgow is home to a number of great historic, architectural and cultural landmarks. To make sure you see the best attractions of the city, we've created this two-part Landmarks of Glasgow self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Family Fun Self-Guided Tour of Glasgow

Family Fun Self-Guided Tour of Glasgow

Glasgow is a fantastic city to visit with your family, because there's a whole range of great attractions for everybody - young and old - to enjoy. Take our Family Fun Tour to catch the must-see family attractions in the city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 km