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Aberdeen, Spring Garden, Spring Garden Ironworks

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    SPRING GARDEN ENGINEERING WORKS
  • Canmore ID
    82931
  • Site type
    IRON WORKS
  • Parish
    ABERDEEN
  • Council
    ABERDEENSHIRE
  • NGR
    NJ 9403 0692
  • Latitude, longitude
    57.153116N, 2.100314W
  • Archeological notes
    NJ90NW 288 9403 0692 (Location cited as NJ 940 069). Engineering Works, Spring Garden. Founded 1789 by William McKinnon and Co. An interesting group of buildings, with a 2-storey and attic, 4-bay office in French Renaissance style. The main entrances are in a 2-storey and 2-attic, 8-bay block with 2 gables to the street. At the rear are single-storey workshops, including a fine example of a 19th-century foundry, lit at 2 levels. Both of the cupolas have receivers. J R Hume 1977. (Location cited as NJ 9402 0690). NMRS, MS/712/83.
  • Architectural notes
    This site has only been partially upgraded for SCRAN. For full information please consult the Architecture Catalogues for Aberdeen. January 1998

Related material information

MANUSCRIPTS

  • 82931 (1999)
    Photocopies of Aberdeenshire Archaeological Service site record sheets for map sheet NJ90NW, received 5 March 1999.
  • 82931 (26/5/1971)
    John R Hume Industrial/CBA cards Filed under Aberdeen, Spring Garden. Prints attached (see NMRS MS/749 entry for Collection description).

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 784732 (26/5/1971)
    Interior General view of foundry
  • 783849 (26/5/1971)
    View from E showing part of SSE front of works
  • 783848 (26/5/1971)
    View from ESE showing base of cupola
  • 783847 (26/5/1971)
    View from ESE showing cupola
  • 783840 (26/5/1971)
    Interior View showing moulding shop
  • 783838 (26/5/1971)
    Interior View showing sand mixer
  • 783829 (26/5/1971)
    Interior View showing moulds
  • 783828 (26/5/1971)
    Interior View showing moulds
  • 783826 (26/5/1971)
    Interior General view of foundry
  • 783823 (26/5/1971)
    Interior View showing core shop
  • 783822 (26/5/1971)
    Interior View showing mould for cone pulley
  • 783820 (26/5/1971)
    Interior General view of foundry
  • 1078344 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. Detail of stained glass panel in the door to the secretary's office on first floor.
  • 82931 (1920)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. Illustration of Spring-Garden Iron Works, with new office block included (built c1908). Digital image of B/74829/P.
  • 367293 ()
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Ironworks. Photograph of drawing showing elevated view from South East of site prior to construction of new offices. Titled "Usines a Spring Garden, Aberdeen, Ecosse." Copied from early catalogue
  • 353906 ()
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. Castings ready to be finished in machine shop.

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1316893 (1905)
    Advertisement for Robertson's Dundee Whisky and William McKinnon & Co, Spring-Garden Iron Works, Aberdeen

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 82931 (18/5/1953)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Ironworks. Photographic copy of drawing entitled 'layout of works-engine shop gallery, blacksmiths and part of foundry'.
  • 82931 (15/5/1953)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Ironworks. Photographic copy of drawing entitled 'layout of works-engine shop'.
  • 82931 (29/9/1972)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Ironworks. Photographic copy of drawing entitled 'Layout of lights, sockets and fuse boxes for general offices and store', providing plans of four floors.
  • 82931 (1914)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. Photographic copy of a Gold medal certificate dating from 1914.
  • 82931 (1921)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. Photographic copy of a Diploma of honour certificate dating from 1921.
  • 82931 (1920)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. Illustration of Spring-Garden Iron Works, with new office block included (built c1908). Taken from catalogue. Insc: 'Wm McKinnon & Co Limited. Spring Garden Ironworks, Aberdeen, Scotland'.
  • 82931 (1920)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. Illustration of Spring-Garden Iron Works, with new office block included (built c1908). Taken from picture on wall of office.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. Detail of ornamental castings and railings on roof of office building.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. Detail of lintel over cart entrance to derelict building at South-West corner of works, bearing the remains of the name 'Mackinnon'.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view of round cast-iron plates and window on North side of machine shop.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view of arched entrance on North side of foundry, partially blocked and converted to window. (View also shows two types of cast-iron wall plates).
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. Detail of one of two rainwater heads on South side of machine shop.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of the pattern loft in North-West wing showing patterns for the foundry in store. (Many items in this view are for gears, pulleys and waterwheels used in water-powered grain mills for which Mackinnon's supplied the machinery.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. Detail of 'Magenta' time clock and cards in pend.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of foreman's office in machine shop.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of Mackinnon willowing machine.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of Mackinnon coffee huller machine.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. Detail of cast iron brackets supporting crane track in foundry.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. View of Robert Sutherland preparing a mould at a moulding machine in the foundry.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of foundry interior from East, with many rows of prepared sand moulds.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of Leslie Niven preparing sand mould in foundry.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. Detail of rectangular moulding boxes in foundry.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. Detail of pan mill in foundry, used for preparing foundry sand (which is used for making moulds).
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of top sections of cast-iron stanchions in machine shop.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. Detail of typical cast-iron stanchion in machine shop.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of wire drum-making machine in machine shop gallery.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of James Gordon working on a casting at a Kendall and Gent milling machine.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of castings ready to be finished in machine shop.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of overhead lineshafting in machine shop (taking power from ceiling-mounted electric motor to plate bending rolls).
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. Detail of Mackinnon name plate on overhead crane in machine shop.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. Elevated view of machine shop from South-East.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. Elevated view of offices, part of foundry and cupola furnaces, from South-East.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of shell shop (former boiler shop) from West.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of machine shop gallery from North-East.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of cast iron spiral staircase leading to gallery, at West end of half-bay at North-West corner of machine shop.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. Elevated view of engine shop West bay, from North.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of Helmut Brehmer in the foundry, blocking off the cupola furnace in preparation for firing.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of machine shop west bay, from South.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. Detail of the Shanks 'No. 90' toilet in the ground floor office building.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. Detail of Shanks 'Aptus' corner washbasin in the gentleman's cloakroom on second floor of office buildings.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. Detail of 'The Carlton' toilet, bearing the name 'Lawson, Turnbull and Co. Ltd', on first floor of office building.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of cast iron radiator in office building.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of the office furniture in the drawing office on the top floor of the office building. Built by the foundry's pattern makers, to contain product records.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. Detail of plaque on first landing of office building stair. Insc: 'Mr. Robertson In/Out (on sliding indicator) Mr. Matthews In/Out (also on sliding indicator). First Floor. Board Room. Counting Room. Coffee Machinery Dpt. Second Floor. Drawing Office. Rice Machinery Dpt'.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. Detail of stained glass panel in the door to the secretary's office on first floor.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. Detail of stained glass panel in the door to the secretary's office on first floor.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of wood pannelled corridor in West end of first floor in office building, from East.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of boardroom on second floor of the office building from South-West. Photograph shows 'partner's' desk made by pattern makers in the foundry.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of board room on second floor of offices, from South-East. Photograph shows 'partner's desk which is double-fronted, panneling and cornice.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of first floor ladies cloakroom in offices, showing wall and floor tiles and stained glass door.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of main stairs in offices, at first floor level.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. Detail of stained glass windows in the ground floor entrance hall in the office building.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of hall, desk, wall tiles, stained glass and main staircase in offices on the ground floor level.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of wood pannelled corridor leading to board room, with leaded glass panels. The pannelling was made by the foundry's pattern makers.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of wood pannelled corridor leading to board room, with leaded glass panels. The pannelling was made by the foundry's pattern makers.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of wood pannelled corridor in West end of first floor in office building, from East.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of first floor ladies cloakroom in offices, showing wall and floor tiles and stained glass door.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of drawing office on second floor of office building, from South-West.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of hall, desk and main staircase in offices on the ground floor level.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of hall, desk and main staircase in offices on the ground floor level.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view of passage from yard to machine shop with tubway, from East.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view of two cupola furnaces on South side of foundry, from South-East.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view of two cupola furnaces on South side of foundry, from South-East.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view of office exterior from North-East.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view of yard from North.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. Detail of doorway and gates of main office.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Ironworks. General view of North side of machine shop (engine shop) from North-West.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Ironworks. General view of North side of foundry, from West.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Ironworks, interior. General view of former pattern shop from South-West.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. Elevated view of East end of site, including foundry and machine shop, from North-West.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. General view of foundry from West.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, including. Elevated view of machine shop from North-East.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view from North-East of North side of works, including foundry.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view of North side of works, including foundry, from North-East.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view of North side of works from West.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view of South side of works from South-West. Derelict buildings in foreground form part of the site.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view of South side of works from South-West. Derelict buildings in foreground form part of the site.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view of machine shop from South-West.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view of South side of works, from South-East.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view of South side of works, from South-East.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view of the East end of the South side of works, from South-East.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view of office building from North-East.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works, interior. Detail of stained glass windows in the ground floor entrance hall in the office building.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view of machine shop from South-West.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view of North side of machine shop (engine shop) from North-West.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. Detail of doorway and gates of main office.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view from South.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. General view from South.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. Elevated view of East end of site, including foundry and machine shop and disused area of site from North-West.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. Elevated view of West end of site, including machine shop and disused area of site from North-West.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. Elevated view of site from West.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. Elevated view of site from West.
  • 82931 (9/10/1992)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. Elevated view of West end of site, including machine shop and disused area of works, from North-West.
  • 82931 (1908)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Ironworks. Photograph of drawing showing elevated view from South East of site prior to construction of new offices. Titled "Usines a Spring Garden, Aberdeen, Ecosse." Copied from early catalogue
  • 82931 ()
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Iron Works. Castings ready to be finished in machine shop.
  • 82931 (26/7/1945)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Ironworks. Copy of drawing entitled 'Plan of Works, Wm McKinnon & Co Ltd, Spring Garden, Aberdeen'.
  • 82931 (19/5/1953)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Ironworks. Photographic copy of drawing entitled 'Layout of Works - Pattern Shop, Pipe Shop, Part of Foundry'.
  • 82931 (29/9/1972)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Ironworks. Photographic copy of drawing entitled 'Layout of lights, sockets and fuse boxes for General Workshops', providing plans of four floors.
  • 82931 (16/2/1942)
    Aberdeen, Spring Garden Ironworks. Photographic copy of drawing entitled 'Arrangement of Offices of Wm McKinnon & Co Ltd', plans and sectional elevations.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Aberdeenshire, Sheet LXXV1865-7

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Aberdeen, Sheet 075.111867
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Kincardine, Sheet 004A.021865