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The Pipe Factory

Built 1877
42 Bain Street
G40 2LA

The Pipe Factory was built by William White and Sons in 1877, as a clay smoking pipe factory. At the height of demand, the factory produced up to 14,000 clay pipes a day and had a workforce of 500. It closed its doors in 1955.

One of the architectural gems of the Barras market, the Pipe Factory building was purchased by the Friends of The Pipe Factory CIC, with the support of Nesta’s Arts and Culture Impact Fund in March 2021.

The Friends aim to evolve a cultural hub rooted within Calton and The Barras. We envisage a dynamic building and programme that will generate opportunities for young people, communities and creatives through the arts, heritage, architecture and design.

Join us during Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival for building tours, and Barras100 exhibitions and workshops, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Barras market.


Other Information


Nearest Train and/or Subway: Argyle Street Station
Parking: On Street


Physical Access to Building: Not Accessible (the building is not suitable for those with physical access requirements – please explain below)
Further details: Only ground floor is accessible.


Visit This Building

Open Saturday @ 10am till 4pm – No booking necessary