Lochwinnoch Town and Nature Reserve Scotland
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Church of Scotland at Lochwinnoch
View of the loch and nature reserve.
Woodland walk with snowdrops close to the bird watching facility.
Movie showing the extensive loch.
Bothwell Castle West of Scotland
Friday, February 27, 2009
This is a substantial and very impressive sandstone built ruin which sits on a bend in the River Clyde.
The Castle dates back to the 1270s when construction was undertaken by Walter of Moray who based his design on the great chateau of Corcy in France. The castle then experienced a very chequered ownership/control history, viz:
- Captured by the English 1296.
- Recaptured by the Scots 1298
- Re-taken by the English 1301
- Partly demolished by the Scots 1314.
- Partly re-built by Edward III 1336
- Besieged and dismantled 1337 by Sir Andrew de Moray.
- Restored by the Douglases in 1381
- Abandoned by 18th century and now in care of Historic Scotland.
Industrial Archaeology Netherlee Glasgow Scotland
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Paper making in the area commenced in the late 17th century by a Frenchman, Nicholas Deschan whose descendants built the mill at Netherlee which is the site covered by the still and video images below.
The images show overgrown ruins with the video focusing on the site of a former dam which was used to generate water power for the mill.
Overall, a very interesting site with linkage to the industrial revolution with which Glasgow was closely associated.
It would be nice if the local Council or other appropriate authority provided information boards for this and other industrial sites along the river side.
Labels: Linn Park
Snowdrops on the Clyde at Bothwell Scotland
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Bothwellhaugh Roman Bath House Strathclyde Scotland
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The fort was on the line of the Roman road linking Carlisle with the Clyde.
The bath-house comprised a number of rooms: a vestibule, a cold room, two warm rooms,a hot room and a furnace room. The facility would have been restricted to about 20 soldiers at any one time.
After the Romans departed there is evidence that local "squatters" were in occupation with the building a total ruin by end of the second century AD.
Labels: Roman Scotland
Duncarnock Fort Barrhead Glasgow Scotland
Monday, February 23, 2009
The site is 204m high and is naturally defended by a near-vertical face on the west and crags around the north and east sides. On the top there is evidence of walls and an entrance.
Although the site has never been excavated, archaeologists have provisionally assigned an Iron-Age date (1st century AD) with occupation possible lasting until the 8th century.
The site is very similar in size and elevation to that of the more famous Dunadd site near Kilmartin Glen.
As regards the name, 'Dun' means 'Fort' and I suspect that 'carn' means 'rocky hill' from which follows 'Fort on the Rocky Hill' which appears very apposite.
Below is a fixed image of the hill. Whilst the two video clips show (a) the view from the summit and (b) a view of the summit/occupation area.
The site affords superb views of Glasgow and the West. Great place for a picnic on a summers day!
Arthurlie Cross Barrhead Glasgow Scotland
Sunday, February 22, 2009
The cross is of the 'Govan School' of ecclesiastical scuplture and may date from somewhere between the 9th and 11th centuries AD.
Although the cross is believed to originate somewhere in or around Barrhead it was placed in its current position as recently as the 1940s. There has been no archaeological investigation of the monument which extends to some 2 metres/6 feet in height.
The stone comprises the shaft of a cross with the curved surfaces at the top suggesting that it was once a ring-headed cross.
The unworn section (pictured) is covered with panels of interlace carving . Unusually, there is a carved cross in one of the lower panels. The sides are decorated with bands of interlace pattern.
The short video clip (below) should help to fully appreciate this very ancient monument.
Celtic Football Club Parkhead Glasgow Scotland
Saturday, February 21, 2009
There was no game in process today at Celtic Park. Tomorrow the team play Motherwell at Fir Park.
Labels: Celtic FC
Spring Snowdrops at Greenbank Garden Glasgow
Friday, February 20, 2009
Snowdrops were the only patch of colour, but a sure sign that Spring is on its way!
Antonine Wall at Bonnybridge Scotland
Thursday, February 19, 2009
The Wall extended from Bridgeness on the Forth estuary (near Edinburgh) to Old Kilpatrick on the River Clyde, a distance of about 40 Roman miles or 37 English miles.
The Wall rampart (10 feet high by 6 ft top-width) was largely built of turf blocks and mainly on a stone base at least 14 ft wide. A rough parallel ditch some 20ft (berm) to the north was generally formed in a V-section (40ft width and 12ft central depth) whilst to the south, some 45 yards inside the rampart ran the Military Way, a road some 17ft wide.)
The two video clips below were taken near to Rough Castle on the Wall.
Industrial History at Cathcart Glasgow Scotland
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The video on the bottom left shows what I believe to be the remains of an old tramway (not far from the bridge) which was active during the time of heavy industry in the area-milling, coal mining and lime quarrying.
The video on bottom right shows the area around the Snuff Bridge.
Labels: Glasgow Cathcart
Industrial History at Linn Park Glasgow Scotland
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Paper making (powered by the river) commenced in this area in 1682 when a Frenchman, Nicholas Deschan, first established a paper mill. His descendants moved the mill to a location at Millholm which is just a few hundred yards/metres from the impressive Holmwood House (designed by Greek Thomson) a shown in the image below. Holmwood House was closely linked to the paper mill and in fact was part used as a sales office to impress and entertain potential customers of the paper mill.
The videos show the remains of the paper mill and related water control measures on the White Cart.
This is an important part of Glasgow's mercantile history yet there are no information boards or similar information.
Labels: Linn Park
BBC River Clyde Glasgow Scotland
Monday, February 16, 2009
Linn Park Glasgow Industrial Archaeology Scotland
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Deep inside a small copse I discovered the remains of a Lime Quarry and Kiln complex (as shown in video below) close to Linn House. This would have been active in the 19th century at a time when the adjacent area was by busy with coal mining, paper mills and textile working all centred on around the White Cart Water which was the main source of power.
Labels: Linn Park
Medieval Pollock Park Glasgow Scotland
Saturday, February 14, 2009
The site comprises a circular platform some 30m in diameter with a low bank around the edge and a 9M wide ditch surrounding it.
One school of thought is that the structure comprises a Norman ring-work, a circular palisaded enclosure consistent with those erected by the early Scottish-Norman families and dates from the early 12th century. It may have been the work of the Maxwell family.
Labels: Glasgow Pollock
Glasgow Tall Ship Glenlee Scotland
Friday, February 13, 2009
This vessel is popular with families and children.
Winter Images of Glasgow Scotland
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Firstly, here is a snowman near Pollock Park
Wildfowl at Queen's Park
Not icicles but frozen wood
White Cart at Linn Park
Another aspect of the White Cart Water at Linn Park
Icebound birds at Queen's Park
Greek Thomson Architecture in Glasgow Winter
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Thomson used ancient Greek architecture as the basis for modern architecture and left many examples of his work all over Glasgow.
The first clip below was taken at Holmwood House (1857-8). This was Thomson's finest and most elaborate villa built for the owner of the nearby paper mill.
The second clip is of the Caledonia Road Church (1856-57), Thomson's first church which is now a ruin having been burned by vandals in 1965. However, the ruins have dignity with an elevated portico and a most unusual tower. The winter sunshine and snow adds a new dimension.
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Winter at Forth&Clyde Canal Glasgow Scotland
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Winter Snow at Linn Park Glasgow Scotland
Monday, February 09, 2009
Labels: Linn Park
Pollock Park Glasgow in Winter Sunshine
Sunday, February 08, 2009
I took a trip to Pollock Park which has been voted one of the top public parks in Europe. Firstly, I came across a friendly ( docile) Highland Bull who was feeding contentedly. However, would not like to tangle with him when he is angry!
Near to Pollock House ( a heritage building open to the public) I took a video clip of the the river which runs nearby, this is actually called the White Cart Water. The temperature is evident by blocks of ice around the edges. The weir/waterfall in the video is a remnant of a former mini-hydro electric scheme which was used to provide electricity to the House before the era of mains electricity. Perhaps thought should be given to re-harnessing this energy source.
Labels: Glasgow Pollock
Linn Park Glasgow in Winter
Saturday, February 07, 2009
The video clips below show the White Cart River at the heart of the old industrial area. Weather conditions were benign relative to the heavy snow and ice experienced elsewhere in Britain.
I plan to return to this area to look more closely at the industrial archaeology.
Interestingly, the word linn derives from (a) Llyn, the Brittonic (Welsh) word for lake or (b) Linne, the Gaelic for pool. I suspect the former in this case as Brittonic was spoken in Glasgow in the past and there exist other, local place names of Brittonic derivation.
Labels: Linn Park
House for Art Lover Garden Glasgow in February
Friday, February 06, 2009
Labels: House for Art Lover
Wildfowl at Queens Park Glasgow Scotland
Thursday, February 05, 2009
This morning, I continued my wildfowl theme with a visit to Queen's Park to photograph the birds. This area was, in fact, a major battle site (Battle of Langside 1568) but is now put to more peaceful uses.
As the video clip shows, the park is covered by snow and the pond frozen over.
The pond is carefully managed to help the wildlife. There is a resident pair of Mute Swans which breed.
Labels: queen's park glasgow
Winter Sunshine in Glasgow
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
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First Shoots of Spring in Glasgow Scotland
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Here are some images of the first crocus I have seen this year. Some colour to the snow and ice!
Labels: Dunbreck Park
Snowbound Rouken Glen Glasgow
Monday, February 02, 2009
Light conditions were, inevitability, poor but gave rise to some interesting effects.
The snow shut down most of Southern England but Glasgow escaped relatively lightly.
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Highland Cows Scotland
Sunday, February 01, 2009
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