William Whiteley Warehouses, Glasgow


This painted sign sits on the frontage of the former William Whiteley Warehouse in Glasgow. Only the facade of the building, built around 1863 to a classical architectural design, now remans with the rest of the structure having been demolished in 1995. The towering front wall, with nothing behind it, presents something of s surreal view; looking not unlike a movie set.

According to Historic Scotland (*) the building was originally built for Thomas Mann as a grain and general ‘freestore’. I’d be interested if anyone knows when Whiteley took over the building, and wonder if it was part of the William Whiteley mercantile empire that originated in England.

Location: James Watt Street, Glasgow, Scotland.

(*) http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/75653/details/glasgow+44+72+james+watt+street+warehouses/

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2 thoughts on “William Whiteley Warehouses, Glasgow

  1. The Whit(e)leys married in to local Glasgow merchant family called Thomson:
    “Frederick Whitley-Thomson was born in Glasgow on 2 Sep 1851, the son of Jonathan Thomson of Glasgow, merchant (born 18 Jun 1822) and Emma Whitley (born 26 Jan 1825, married Square Chapel 11 Oct 1850), granddaughter of John Whiteley, founder of the Firm of John Whiteley and Sons, and daughter of John and Susanna Whitley (nee Whiteley).

    Frederick was educated at the Glasgow Academy and the Andersonian University College, Glasgow. He first came to Halifax in 1869 to learn cotton spinning with his uncle, Samuel Whitley who occupied Hanson Lane Mills. After a brief return to Glasgow, he came back to Halifax in 1879 to join the business of his other uncles, John and Nathan Whitley at John Whiteley and Sons of Brunswick Mills, as a traveller. He eventually became Head of the Firm, and with his cousin Alfred William Whitley he made it a private limited company and then led it into merger with the English Card Clothing Company Limited in 1897, where he remained a Director.”


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