Anderston, the district I live in, is a juxtaposition of beauty. Modern architectural delights, The Hydro and SECC, compliment the skyline, contrasted with derelict buildings, such as Bilslands’ Bakery. I have a fascination with Bilslands’ Bakery, but for the 3 years I have lived here, access has been blocked. I’d love to see inside.
Bilsland Brothers Limited, 1872-1985
James Bilsland ran a small family bakery in Anderston, Glasgow. In 1872, he was later joined by his brothers, William, Alexander and John.
William Bilsland had a flair for business and with him at the helm they soon acquired a number of bakeries around Glasgow.
In 1881 Bilsland Brothers became so prosperous they decided to build a factory to help them keep up with the demand. The bakery was completed in 1882 in Hydepark Street, Anderston, Glasgow.