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New view of Daldowie

Jan 1 has become something of a traditional visit to Daldowie (that’s Daldowie Crematorium for the non-local).

It can be a surprisingly interesting wander if time is taken to look at some of the memorials.

This year’s wander was a little different to usual, as I arrived a little earlier than usual (so it was still relatively light), and while past years have ranged from finding the place frozen stiff, buried in snow, or almost blown to ruins thanks to storms that have just passed, it was almost a little odd to be wandering there with only some light rain making a short appearance.

It’s hard to image the main building – get in close and you can only catch a little part of the long and low building with its chapels extending to each side from the central hub; step back to catch the whole structure only to find most of it is obscured by trees and bushes set on the lawn.

But, I’m getting better at making less distorted stitches, and stepped closer to take a series of images that avoided having any of the plantings obscure the building.

The biggest problem (which I don’t have a rapid fix for) was the sole employee’s car planted near the front door, as even today, the crematorium is open for enquiries. Unfortunately, it is also one of the world’s ugliest, so I had to deal with it quickly.

There were two small trees, but I managed to place them out of the way, and was still able to include the waiting room found to the west and east of the main building.

This one’s wide, so you’ll have to click on the thumb for the whole view.

Daldowie Wide

Daldowie Wide


Jan 1, 2018 - Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | ,


  1. My ancestor John Dixon owned Daldowie for a while, but I don’t think the house is there now. Are any outbuildings incorporated into other buildings, I wonder?


    Comment by Candia | Jan 1, 2018

  2. Hopefully the link below will work.

    I’ve looked for quite a few ‘Big Houses’ that used to sit on the banks of the River Clyde, but it’s pretty pointless as most have been lost.

    The last one I actually located and saw (stripped to bare stone) was the so-called Doctor’s House at the rear of Belvedere Hospital, but like the derelict hospital, it was ultimately razed to make way for some quick-profit housing development to be built for the dopey 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Shames. And even that was abandoned when only half-built.


    If you look to the west of the crematorium itself there is one remaining building with a partially enclosed courtyard visible.

    This is used by the ground and maintenance staff.

    If you look to the northwest corner you will see a group of houses, and also what I would refer to as a lodge to the lower right of the group.

    I haven’t checked any info, so I don’t know if any of these houses or the lodge are connected to the crematorium, but they are occupied, and as can be seen, have to be accessed via the crematorium access road.,-4.1139065,271m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x488841cff96c35af:0xf95768b6c8d27d6!8m2!3d55.8321095!4d-4.1136544

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    Comment by Apollo | Jan 1, 2018

  3. I think the crematorium buildings might have been garden houses alongside the original building. John Dixon was the son of Wm Dixon of Govan, but he sold his shares to his younger brother, William. I think John bought it from the Bogles. Happy New Year!


    Comment by Candia | Jan 1, 2018

  4. Thanks for sending me the information.


    Comment by Candia | Jan 1, 2018

  5. You made me look! (Happy New Year) 🙂

    There are no surviving buildings – the crematorium was built on the former site of the house and its grounds in 1955.

    If you use Google Earth and look at the ‘Timeline’ option you will be able to wind the clock back and find aerial imagery dating from just before that, taken during World War II, and which shows the grounds then, and can be compared with the modern view.

    It’s just not quite good enough to be sure of building detail, but it does confirm that nothing at all of the present day crematorium was there then.

    There is also an online summary of the history (and mention of one John Dixon of the Calder Ironworks) together with a Thomas Annan photo of the big house here:

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    Comment by Apollo | Jan 1, 2018

  6. Mmm, I have seen the Annan photo before. Clydebank Library is having an exhibition on the Dixons from the 19th of January (opening night) I wish I could have gone to the private view, but the weather is too unpredictable to travel up at the moment. I think it is on till March, or April. I must be the world expert on Dixons- or pretty much so!


    Comment by Candia | Jan 1, 2018

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