Sunday, 1 September 2013

Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover

Every Sunday morning I go to a local carboot sale flea market type thing, as I'm always looking for old rusty tools that can be brought back into use . Although no tools jumped out at me today this did !
An old ledger starting in June 1923 on the cover it reads GRANGEMOUTH SAWING AND MILLWORK  B&Co Ltd.
Lots of the customers names are familiar to me in this old ledger, but a local company stuck out to me. (Nobel's Explosives) they had a factory in Linlithgow where I live a long time ago.
 I 'm 99% certain that B&Co was Brownlee And Company, who ran a huge operation in Grangemouth called Caledonian Sawmills where they milled timber from all over the world including America, Canada and along with the Baltic states and Scandinavian countries .
 Back in the good old days Grangemouth had a booming timber industry, with endless boatloads of raw materials arriving to feed these busy sawmills, at the bustling Grangemouth Dockyards on the River Forth.
 Inside this ledger in beautiful handwriting are client's names, description's of what was ordered, and some little boxes with various lines drawn in them. I reckon these were the cuts that were made in the blocks of timber that they took the orders from, then the hours and cost in the last columns .
 Even the bindings on this book are worth mentioning with really thick leather along the spine and corners , the pages all have a nice coloured edge to them making a pattern when the book is closed and the label on the inside cover from the Printmaker-Bookbinder in Glasgow, adds another bit of history to this  battered  old book.
It just shows that back in the day when you needed a ledger, you really got something special .
I hope this was of interest ;)  


  1. nice to see history and see how it ties into our day. ken

  2. Thats a great bit of history. How much did it cost you. I've always had a bit of a thing for old book

  3. Hey Kev ,it cost me £5 no haggling :)