Town has an iron grip on history

Mont Olympus phone box
Mont Olympus phone box

What do Elton John’s garden, the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool and the highest mountain in Greece have in common?

The answer is that they all contain pieces of Kirkintilloch’s industrial heritage collated online by local man Danny McFadden, who started the ‘Kirkintilloch Foundry Challege’ a little over a year ago.

He has urged people to look out for examples of handiwork of the town’s iron foundries on their travels and has been inundated with pictures of over 120 items.

A recent addition to the online map is the highest Lion Foundry telephone kiosk found so far in the challenge - 6,404 feet up on the top of Mount Olympus in Cyprus - as well as the most distant example in New Zealand, over 11,000 miles from where it was made.

There’s also been a confirmed report of a phone box in Sir Elton John’s garden containing a statue of the Greek god Aphrodite.

Other exotic recent finds include window panels in a Chinese customs house in Shanghai, a bandstand in Chile, and a kiosk painted green in the highest pub in Ireland.

Danny said: I look forward to finding more and want to thank those who have contributed so far - this would not have been possible otherwise - and I invite others to join the challenge or at least keep it in the back of their minds.

“Thanks to Janice Miller from East Dunbartonshire Council we now have a historic list of items made with possible clues to their whereabouts should they still exist. So I hope others join in and be part of this unique challenge to uncover our existing heritage.”

To keep up to date with the Foundry Challange, or to add items, visit the Facebook page, where you can also access a map of all the finds.