Juliet may have been implying that names do not really matter but, is that actually true? I have been scratching my head about St Winnoc Road; not why its name was changed but, where on earth was the factory that Factory Street/Close was possibly named after?
I was interviewing a lovely lady, Lochwinnoch born and raised, and one of the village’s oldest residents. Playing spectator to her life and memories was a privileged thing do.
Speaking of how her parents met – they both lived in Factory Street with their families – I seized on the opportunity to get some answers. “Where was the factory because I have been looking at old maps and can not find a trace of one?”.” There wasn’t one” came the shrewd answer. Simple yet intriguing at the same time. Yes, you read that correctly – there was no factory on Factory Street.
So, how did it come by its name, I hear you ask. There was a cottage industry in this street – weavers. All of the original cottages on the Corner Bar side of the street were weavers’ houses and this was the ‘factory’. Well, I certainly didn’t saw that one coming!
Old dogs teaching young one’s new tricks but, I forgot to do my Peter Faulk impression and ask “one more thing” with regard to the Glue Pot. Gives me a good excuse to go back and ask more!