Down memory lane, June 29 2018

One of 'Top Blue's' bakery ovens.

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Building workers uncovered a slice of the Campbeltown’s baking history when they unwrapped ‘Top Blue’s’ bakery’s ovens.

The men working on a Campbeltown Area Regeneration Scheme project, behind chemist Boots Longrow South pharmacy, revealed two cast iron ovens for the second time in two decades.

The ovens were made by bakery manufacturing specialists T Melvin and Son of St Rollox Iron Works, Glasgow.

The firm originally made bakery and dough mixing machinery latterly, in 1897, turning to internal combustion engines and, from 1898, offering  gas engines ranging from 0.5 to nine nominal horse power (nhp).

Thomas Melvin and Son exhibited machinery and mechanical appliances at the 1884 International Health Exhibition.

Thomas Melvin, engineer and machine maker, was a colourful character, who in 1847 sued Archibald Wilson, superintendant of Glasgow police establishment, after Melvin and two workers were detained for theft of a peacock which had been found straying.

The case was eventually decided in the Court of Session and can be read in a free ebook: Session cases, pages 477 to 480.

A further mention of the firm comes in the records of Gourock Parish Church when Thomas Melvin and Sons are mentioned, June 26 1900, as being paid a total of £25 3s and sixpence for repairing and re-erecting an engine.

For more on the bakery see below.

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