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  • Dunbartonshire


  • Employment, industry and industrial relations


  • Amateur


  • 1980s

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Reference number: 7136

Date: 1984, February

Sound: sound

Original format: super 8mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 14.41 mins

Description: Footage of the Lion Foundry in Kirkintilloch shortly before it closed. Includes shots of the buildings, workers involved in all stages of the casting process and also shots of finished products, such as telephone boxes, pillar boxes and street furniture.

The Lion Iron Foundry was situated to the north of the Forth & Clyde Canal in Kirkintilloch. It started production in 1880, under the ownership of Jackson, Brown & Hudson, before becoming the Lion Foundry Co. in 1885. The foundry produced a range of architectural and sanitary castings, including, baths, urinals, gates and railings, bandstands and fire escape stairs. After World War II production focused on contracts to produce telephone kiosks and post boxes. The foundry finally closed at the end of 1984. [information from SCRAN website]

Credits: [comm.s. James Leitch Jnr]

Shotlist: [no title] shots of signs: 'Lion Foundry Co. Head Office', 'Factory Regulations', and 'Registered Office' (0.12) shots of shop floor (0.29) shots of patterns on work-bench and pattern-makers at work, then working on aluminium pattern (1.07) moulding shop gvs, pattern-makers working on screen (1.31) moulder closing box with sand (1.58) shots of moulders hoisting top half of moulding box - shots of shop floor, overhead gantry and pillar box cores (2.59) c/u shots of 'ERII' crest on pillar box core (3.04) worker pushing closed boxes along rollers (3.14) shots of men working mechanical rammer (3.36) shots of men drying boxes with gas jets (4.03) shots of furnace-men in cupola area, molten metal pouring into skip, technician testing heat of metal (5.23) shots of fork-lift trucks lifting skips of molten metal through to moulding shop (6.35) shots of molten metal being poured into mould (7.35) more shots of metal into skip, then into moulds (8.15) men pouring metal from hand ladles into smaller castings (8.58) gv of fitting shop, pan R (9.15) shots of fitters dressing Post Office connection cabinets (9.58) shots of welder at work (10.18) shots of polisher? working on Hyster truck panels (10.28) c/u shots of painted ornamental ironwork, lamp-posts (10.51) gvs of storage yard and workers (11.19) gvs of paint shop and PO cabinets (11.40) shots of worker preparing pillar boxes (12.20) gvs of finished red pillar boxes (12.35) gvs of painted red telephone boxes and PO cabinets (13.02) ext. shots of yard with finished telephone boxes (13.32) shot of River Luggie beside yard, gvs of buildings, cupolas, slag heaps (14.13) shot of ornamental 'Lion Foundry' ironwork sign on roof and pan across buildings - shot of office and sign (14.41)