Foundry project puts town on map

One of the Lion Foundry's famous telephone boxes.

One of the Lion Foundry's famous telephone boxes.

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An amateur historian who is tracking Kirkintilloch’s industrial contribution to the world has mapped out his findings online.

Herald reader Danny McFadden started up a ‘Kirkintilloch Foundry Challenge’ Facebook page in May last year, asking people to get in touch with any examples of the handiwork of the Lion and Star foundries they saw on their travels.

Since then he’s been inundated with far flung products from his home town.

There’s been canons in Quebec, a memorial in Chile, ornate window frames in Argentina and a bandstand in England.

And there’s also been numerous sightings of the Lion Foundry’s red telephone box in Russia, the USA, Canada, France and St Kitts and Nevis.

A phone box has even been found in Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club, where The Beatles played their first gigs.

Now Danny, who was inspired to start the project due to his grandfather and uncle both working in the foundries, has painstakingly logged all the finds onto an interactive map which is now available online.

People can also use the map to log their new finds, meaning it is a resource which should keep on growing over time.

Danny said: “Owing to the reasonable success of the group I felt the need to collate and organise the contributions on a map.

“I wanted to make it available to the public, mostly as a way of thanking those taking part and also to encourage others to do likewise.”

He added: “I also think its a good evolution for this particular celebration of heritage.”

To access Danny’s map go to www.kirkintillochfoundrychallenge.dannymcfadden.com

If you have pictures you would like to contribute to the project you can also email Danny directly at:

dannymcfadden@hotmail.com