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Glazert Coach Company

In 1825, the transport system from Lennoxtown to Glasgow was a 'noddy' which left Lennoxtown every Wednesday morning and returned in the evening. Wednesday was market day in Glasgow.

The service was considered inadequate for the village and surrounding districts, so a meeting was called and all interested parties assembled in the hall in Roberson's Arms Inn (Commercial), on September 20th 1825.

Those present agreed to set up a new company to establish a stage coach run between Campsie and Glasgow 3 times a week, or more often as circumstances dictated. The new company was called 'The Glazert Coach Company.' The number of subscribers to the new enterprise had to be limited to 60 - all of whom must be resident in the parish. The amount of each subscription was set at  5, and no member could hold more than one share.

It was agreed that a committee of directors would manage the business, and they would have the assistance of a special committee in the first instance, to buy the horse and coach, but they were to provide 'provender, '  and maintain the coach in a good state of repair, appoint the driver and pay tolls. Contracts were drawn up for supplying litter and shoeing the horses, and a driver was hired at 16s per week.

Return fares were 3s 6d (inside the coach), and 2s 6d outside; single journey, 2s inside, and 1s 6d outside. To Kirkintilloch, the fare was 9d inside and 6d outside.

The company was not a financial success, and on April 25th 1831, the proprietors resolved to take offers for the coach, horses, harness etc., The offer of  106 from John Grey of Tontine (afterwards Lennox Arms Hotel, later Green Parrot) was accepted. The Tontine then became the principle Inn. [after the opening of the new church in 1828.]

 

 

Interior Commercial Inn 1940.jpg (64216 bytes)

Interior of Commercial Inn c1940

 

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