Philips Factory.


As Philips Factory has now closed and soon there will be houses built on its land, we thought that we would share our pictures of the factory.

Harry Govers, who has been a long serving employee for many years has been kind enough to donate the old pictures of Philips Factory to Historic Hamilton which we will digitise and preserve for future generations to see.

The first batch of pictures that we have published shows some former employees of the once large factory which stretched across Wellhall Road.

Unfortunately, we don’t have the names of the people in the pictures, but perhaps you can help us put some names to faces?

I would like to thank Harry for kindly donating the Philips Factory pictures to Historic Hamilton and in the coming weeks, we will add the rest of Harry’s pictures to our website.



Hi folks,

From my house to yours, I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy time with your family.

Please remember if you are visiting some older relatives talk about the old times and if you can try and get some pictures for me so that I can share with everyone on my website, which is viewed in many countries around the world.

Merry Christmas,
Garry McCallum,

Can you help identify “Mrs Nicholson” and “Mrs Black”?


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HI Folks, We’re looking for some help to identify the street in this picture. Donald Cochrane sent us this picture and told us:

“These two photos taken in Hamilton on the 10th October 1957 are of “Mrs Nicholson” and “Mrs Black” I see the house number is 144. Can anyone identify what street this is and perhaps even know of these people? The image may show three generations. One lady was apparently “a sister of Mr Kirkness” but that’s all I know. Photo credit Miss MTL Watson”

Donald, after i put out the post on my Facebook page, the house was identified as 144 Strathaven Road and when i did some comparisons with Google Maps, I then confirmed that this was indeed 144 Strathaven Road, i did a quick search on the valuation rolls and found no surnames that matched with the house. The closest that i could get to this date was on the 1940 Valuation Roll where i found a Mrs Brown living here. I then looked at deaths in Hamilton between 1957 & 1980 and a few leads popped up. Unfortunately 1957 is a hard date to research and I will have to rely on my readers to help me narrow down the search, could you tell me the first name of the elderly lady on the left?

If any of our readers recognise the ladies in the picture, then please get in touch.


We no longer have a newspaper being written in out town after 163 years of reporting the local news.
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I enjoy reading my local newspaper, my local newspaper tells me what happens in Hamilton and tells me about local community events and it even does little things that gives a newspaper a personal touch such as ‘Reader of the week’ & sections such as ‘You said it’.
On Friday when I got home from work after a long hard week and as I do every Friday, I sat down at my dining room table to unwind while reading my favourite newspaper and to my surprise I read a small column on page 4 to let the faithful readers of the Hammy Ad know that the newspaper was to leave Hamilton.
Some people say to me, what has Hamilton got that makes it a great town? I answer, we have our very own town centre with a fairly good choice of shops, indoor shopping & outdoor, we have a retail park and we have our very own football team. How many people can boast of having a town which is surrounded by forest and county parks and with its very own Racecourse? And I did used to say, we are one of the few towns who has its very own newspaper!
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Now, the Hamilton Advertiser is being taken away from us and will be a Glasgow tabloid. Yes, people will still send things to the newspaper, but for me this is just taking away the ‘Personal Touch’ that our newspaper has always had.
The Hamilton Advertiser was first set up in Hamilton as the Hamilton Herald and was first published in 1856. Back then based in Campbell Street the journalists were embedded within the community and recorded the news every week when it happened. The newspaper would then be written at the Campbell Street news office and even printed on the very same building.
Jumping ahead in time when technology changed, and the internet changed the way most of us read our news. The newspaper was still very involved in our community and sent the weekly print by email to the printers, but there has always still been a presence in the community. The reporters were still out in the street and were still part of our community.
The newspaper was taken over by Scottish & Universal Newspapers LTD many years ago, but yes, it still ran as our town’s local newspaper and even though the newspaper had new owners, it was still seen to be “our” local newspaper.
I was the very last customer to purchase something from the Campbell Street newspaper building before it closed and was one of the first to purchase a newspaper from the new premises in Duke Street and now our towns very own newspaper has turned its back on us! The Hamilton Advertiser is now a Glasgow newspaper.
I firmly believe that the newspaper owes so much more to us, than a tiny corner printed on the bottom of a page that might go unmissed. Why has the editor not given this week’s edition a centre spread with a couple of pages to say goodbye?
Yes, they can remotely write the news from their Glasgow office, but for myself who has been an avid readier of the Hamilton Advertiser for as long as I can remember, then this is nit good enough!
The move from Hamilton will now take the shine away from our ‘Local’ newspaper and with 163 years of reporting History in Hamilton just brushed aside and not even respectfully mentioned to the loyal readers, then this has been a bad choice on behalf of the owners and I would also ask the editor why did the good people of Hamilton not get a say in our historic newspaper being moved away to a different city.



To our regulars, our community, our friends and the welfare family … 💚

Today is the end of an era and we are sadly closing our doors for the final time.🙁 The club has been in Hamilton for 150 years and on Saturday 9th November we mark the end of it.

Of course we are going out with a bang and invite our regulars, friends and family to come along for a final party 🥳We have Disco Davie from 9 till Late 🕺🏻

We know all of Hamilton have memories in our wee club , from weddings , birthdays , communions , anniversaries , christenings , baby showers , and many many more.
So on behalf of our committee and staff it’s goodbye from us , it’s been a blast and we cannot thank you enough for your custom for all these years 💚

Please share your memories & pictures of the Low Waters miners welfare.


On Thursday the 7th of November 2019 Philip’s factory which has employed thousands of people from Hamilton will close its doors for the final time. This iconic building and world known company will be trading from Wellhall Road for four final day’s and has employed men and women from Hamilton for the past 72 years.

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Hamilton used to be a manufacturing hub after the coal mines closed and we prided ourselves on having a world known brand based on our town. The last seventy employees will down their tools next week and the building will fall silent.
The amazing Christmas display that has been enjoyed by many generations will no longer be switched on and soon we will have a new housing estate built on its land.

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This powerful company once stretched across the Wellhall Road and today there is still an underpass going under the road which transported goods to the lorry depot which was sold off in the late eighties to have the Barratt housing estate built.

In its heyday, Philip’s factory once employed over 2,000 people and over the past thirty years the business has downgraded in size before being taken over by Signify and many of the former workforce were all highly skilled people.

Today, I have gathered some pictures from my archive at Historic Hamilton and would like to share some of your stories of working at the factory. I would however like to document even more and If you have any pictures of Philips factory that you can send, then please send them to and we will host these on our website which is viewed in Many countries around the world.

In 2016 Historic Hamilton reader Glancy Clark sent us a newsletter from Philips and was printed in June 1969. These letters were called “The Philham Newsletter”. In the letter was a list of activities & events which included School trips to the factory, they followed Employees and told of people visiting the factory. In Glancy’s 1969 letter there was also a note of one special employee who was leaving.

Philip’s very first operator was leaving in June 1969. Her name was Mrs Emily Glancy and she first started with the company in November 1945. Mrs Glancy had worked at Philips for 24 years and in this time, she only worked in two departments. She was one of the very first select bodies to be still working at the factory since it opened. When she started at Philips, she wasn’t married and was called Emily Green and in 1969 she was still known to her colleagues by this name. When Emily first started, she worked at the transformer department and then moved over to miniature lamps in 1950. In October 1963 Emily married her mobile crane driver husband and she was leaving because they were planning on adopting a baby boy on the 28th of June that year. Her friends and co-workers wished her well and hoped that this was the start of a much larger family.


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In 2016 Bill Hunter sent this picture of his late Father in Law, who was called George Service. Bill told us: “This is my late father-in-law George Service worked at Phillips for many years. He developed MS. This is him leaving the factory.”

Charlie Dunsmore added, I worked at Philips ‘K’ building from 1969-1977, first in the ballast gear and then the press shop.

Anne McCarroll also worked at the same part in this tear.
Ann Leach told us “I never worked there but went to many of the Philips Christmas parties. My uncle worked at Philips, best known as Big Bobby Leckenby”.

Debbie McLean told us that her mum worked there in the late 1960’s to the early 1970’s.

Margaret Hewitt said “My auntie, Rene Cunningham worked in the canteen. My uncle, Arthur rafferty worked for London Carriers and our very good friend, Rene Whitehouse did the wages, I think.” “I worked in Phillips during the holidays from Hamilton College – 1968 – 1970. I packed lightbulbs for two years and then made shavers during my last year. Have many hilarious memories of my time there. Poor Grant McKinnon didn’t know what to do with me!!!”

Karen McDade said: “Worked in Philips from 2000 till took redundancy in 2012. Lorna, Tracey, the newsletter looked slightly better by the time we were leaving xx”

Barbara Seaton told us: “My Dad worked at Philips Hamilton from about 1949. Before that he was glass blower at either Philips or Stella in Middlesex. He was the Union Rep at Hamilton in the late 1950’s early 60’s.”

Catherine Patterson told us: “I worked there first i was in A building then moved to M building John C Dunsmore was Charge Hand Jackie Wilson was Supervisor. In Packing. Jean Copland. Linda Charmer’s happy day’s”

Janette Bouette said: “I worked in Phillips as a apprentice in the tool room, from 1951 until 1956. I served two years of national service and returned for 4 more years. My father R.A.F Bouette worked for Phillips in England and transferred to Scotland when Phillips opened. My father was in charge of the test lab.
The time spent as an apprentice was one of the best years of my life and the training, I received served me very well when I emigrated to the United States in 1967.”

Elizabeth Tennant told us: “Worked in Phillips from 1959 to 1966. Bookkeeper/ comptometer operator ….that was in the days before computers !”


The pictures above were sent to us in April 2015 by Angela Seagreave and her dad is in the picture. The first one on the left is Angela’s dad who is out in the yard of Philips enjoying a break and in the second picture are in Angela’s words, “The three Stooges! Angela told us: “The three stooges right to left jimmy Madden (Alfie) Tommy Seagrave and Gibby McConville in Philips Factory”.


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In May 2019 the late Frank Sweeny sent us this picture of Philips Football team. Frank, who is no longer with us, told me at the time:

“”It was taken over 35 years ago at the Philips Factory on Wellhall road – the team won the Philips European cup in Eindhoven where they played the tournament every 5 years – we beat Philips Blackburn in the final and all the guys in the photo worked at Philips Hamilton.”

In the picture we have: Left to right, Mr Greenwood (director), Tam Bain, Dougie Stewart, Tam Goodwin, Davy Pollock, Wullie McGrorty, Ronnie Stewart, Wullie Glass, Andy Scott, Bob McCallum (team manager), John Barr, Will Carroll,Andy o’ Halloran, Wullie Halbert, Danny Cunning & Frank Sweeney.

Aileen Henderson told us: “Christmas parties were amazing; my two daughters went to them. My husband, Willie Henderson worked there for 44years also my brother, Colin Hunter and my father Jack Hunter…….happy days.”
Audrey Carlin said: “I remember feeding a few of these guys lol. Good memories. This was taken about two years before I started in Philips Factory.”

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This picture was sent to us back on the 24th of August 2019 and it was a Philips outing. The picture was sent by Harry Paton Evans and he told us: “”A Philips outing in the late 1940’s, very early 1950’s to Blackpool. My Dad, Harry Evans was a Works Superintendent and ran one of the main production lines after his War, around late 1949 early 1950’s.” Harry I believe that this could have been either the very first Philips summer outing, or one of the first, so thanks for sending this.

Mags Gillan Wrote: “My Uncle Steve, (John Stevenson) worked for Philips and travelled all over the world. Sadly, he was taken from us too soon. X”

Donald Orr said, “The woman standing to the right of the man in the very dark suit, is my auntie, Betty Orr, a longtime employee at Philips. Worked there till she retired!”

Ann Docherty said: “My mums next door neighbour fae fleming court used to work in there yrs ago..john dyet.. dont no what dept though. Would have been the early 70s….”


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In December 2015 Tom Sorbie sent this picture of him standing on the roof of the Philips factory. Tom Told us: “”The photo was taken in 1984, I think. Certainly, no later than 1985 as the photographer got paid off that year. We had been painting the gantry that used to run between H and G buildings and I climbed up beside the clock. No health and safety in those days!

I worked at Philips for many years although I was never actually employed by Philips as it was sub-contractors I worked for (Falcon Contracts and latterly MITIE). I was the factory painter. Attached is an old photo of me posing by the clock which stood on the roof of G building.
Keep up the good work with your great FB site.”

Paul Kane told us: “Worked in the fluorescent tubes building for six weeks summer 1973. Not the five foot line that had just had installed a mechanical rotating piece of kit with a grab arm that would always stick. Health and Safety aye right you just took cover as Jimmy (the line manager) would girl the tubes along the line like javelins. Poor man took a breakdoon that none of the fitters could sort. Happy days.”

Tom Sorbie also told us: “When I finished up at Philips in February this year the painting side of my job had mostly ceased (I’d painted everything there was to paint) and I was mostly helping out with general labouring.
One of my last jobs was to assist in clearing out junk from various rooms/old offices which had to be thrown in a skip. Tons of stuff which lived in the archive room was also taken away for shredding. You have no idea the amount of old Philips photos contained in that room. These photos were of course not for the shredder/skip but were kept. They have a great photographic record and we spent a good hour or two going through them.”

Linda Thomson told us: “I was made redundant from philips after 20 yrs…worked in sodium…best place av ever worked..”

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Bob Baird also sent us a picture of his dad at work in Philips and Bob wrote: “My Dad, John Baird worked in the factory for 34 years til 1987. Started in lamps, then boiler house for long time then “the plant” /maintenance. Got a few pictures somewhere.”


Below are the pictures attached to these words. Please share your memories of Philips and if you do have any pictures, then we would like to see them.



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Above is a very rare colour picture of workers in Block ‘K’, taken in 1970. This picture was sent to us by Allister Hutton (Front Left) and I am sure that you will all agree that this very rare picture is a real snapshot in time.

Allister told us the following information, but if you see yourself, then please get in touch.
From Allister:
“Hi Garry, as requested I have attached a colour photograph of Philips Hamilton Toolroom personnel in ‘K’ building during 1970. I served my time in the Toolroom as a Mechanical Engineer with Philips Hamilton from 1966 to 1971, leaving in 1974 to join Martin Black wire Ropes in Coatbridge. I left Martin Black in 1978 to join Shell Exploration and Production in Aberdeen where I stayed for the next 37 years before retiring in 2005 in Banchory.
I have tried to identify as many of my ex colleagues as possible in a structured manner, perhaps your viewers could identify the missing names. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.
Back Row – Left to Right
Person with cap and glasses peering over Bob Letham’s shoulder – unknown cleaner.
Bob McCallum ( broad smile in a white coat, shirt and tie ).
John Phillips ( Partially hidden with shirt and tie ).
Danny Creechan ( Smiling with thick black eyebrows ).
Ian Hamilton ( highest person in photo with white tee shirt showing ).
Second Back Row – Left to Right
Bob Letham of Letham’s buses Blantyre ( tall person in white coat, shirt and tie ).
Person with grey coat and sun on his face and chest – unknown.
Jimmy Gibson ( grey coat, broad smile with Mexican style moustache ).
Alan Lockhart ( roundish face with shirt and tie ).
Person with face partially covered – unknown.
Bert Russell (grey coat, glasses, shirt and tie ).
John Dunse ( big guy with glasses and blue shirt ).
Middle Row – Left to Right
Jock Richardson ( Short person in white coat, shirt and tie ).
Person with sun on his face with long hair – unknown.
Ian Cuthbertson ( glasses and Mexican moustache and beard ).
Second Front Row – Left to Right
Person with long hair – unknown.
Barry Brown ( grey coat with yellow note book, crew neck sweater, holding onto Philips sign ).
Robert McCartney ( long side burns, moustache, both hands on knees ).
Front Row – Left to Right
Allister Hutton ( kneeling with grey coat, blue shirt and hand on vice ).
John Baird ( arms folded next to Philips sign ).
Brian Marshall ( long shoulder length hair, right arm touching Philips sign ).
If anyone knows Bob Letham’s contact details I would to speak to him again. Would like to hear from anyone in the photograph.
Regards, “
If you would like to be put in touch with Allister, then please send me a PM and i will pass on his contact details.

Famous Voice records a video for Historic Hamilton.

One of our readers is none other than Davie Hutton who is a local business man based in Glasgow, he owns the company Quick Sale and he buys and sells houses.

For our overseas readers and you haven’t heard of him, Davie does his own American style adverts and his voice is heard on the radio every day and he brings comedy to the radio airwaves.

Historic Hamilton featured on the Daily record’s website today.

Hi Folks,

Today, the Hamilton Advertisers story has featured on the Daily Records website. We are trying to keep the focus on the Mausoleum and keep people talking about it. For our readers here and overseas, can you please click the link and have a read.



Hi folks,


Following on from our pictures of the Mausoleum & Mausoleum Cottage last Sunday, the Hamilton Advertiser contacted Historic Hamilton to help continue their support to save the Mausoleum.


Tomorrow I will be appearing on page 4 of the Advertiser to keep the momentum going and tell everyone what the Mausoleum means to me. I’m sure that the readers of Historic Hamilton who live all around the world will back us and join the fight to stop the Mausoleum fall in to more disrepair.

To become a member of saving the Mausoleum, please visit the groups Facebook page and fill out a membership form. Or get in touch with the man who started the focus on the Mausoleum, Bob Reid. He can be reached on