City Bakeries

City Bakeries Factory in Clarendon St.

City Bakeries Factory in Clarendon St. © Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland; SC595697. Licensor www.scran.ac.uk

Originally a bakery had operated on the site at 37 Clarendon Street run by the Friendly Bread Association. They were a co-operative baking venture and were taken over at the beginning of the 20th century by the Urie family, who formed the City Bakeries into one of Glasgow’s leading chains of bakeries and tea-rooms. The premises were greatly extended in 1926 and by the end of the 1930s the firm had more than sixty branches and around 1000 employees.

The City Bakeries was extremely innovative for the time, drafting proposals for a profit-sharing scheme as early as 1914 and generally known for looking after their staff. It was claimed that Staff Welfare was as great a concern for the company as profit.

The Company ran a recreation ground with putting green, bowling greens and tennis courts. There were social events, theatre outings and a crafts club. They laid on holiday camps and instruction in “physical culture” and gave extra holidays for perfect timekeeping (for which more than 60% qualified!). A good personnel and welfare department was very unusual for the time. The factory was always clean and employees were supplied with decent uniforms. In later years a union was formed and maintained good relations with the management.

Their main building was round in St George’s Road, and this had a restaurant that could be hired out for functions.

The building has now being converted into flats.

4 thoughts on “City Bakeries

  1. Veronica Deans

    I was born and lived there for 30 years facing the bakery. I would hear the machines to make pies go on at 11 pm night shift and Watch the vans leaving to go round the housing schemes in the morning. When the vans came back they off loaded unsold goods at the CB Shop further down Clarendon St where you could then buy the goods at greatly reduced prices. I left in 1978. There were red sandstone terraced houses for their supervisors in Windsor terrace with 3 bedrooms. This was luxury in those days.

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  2. John Birkett

    I am led to understand that my great grandfather, Alexander Cameron, started City Bakeries. Does anyone have any information about this? I live in Australia but my grandmother was from Glasgow.

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  3. Lorraine gordon

    My mum Bridget Gorman and sisters worked there for a while. Maybe round about 1959-60ish. She used to talk about being in the cake decorating dept. Loved it!

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