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Busby Glen, Scotland in Winter

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The Big Freeze continues in the British Isles with no relief in sight. Scotland is particularly hard hit with temperatures predicted to reach minus 20 centigrade in the Highlands over next few days. These Siberian conditions have a silver lining in (a) affording some unusual photo opps and (b) at Lake of Menteith a Bonspiel (curling event) is to be held for the first time in 30 years.

Despite having to juggle many other priorities I managed to get on my bike this afternoon to visit Busby Glen Park. This is where a deep gorge has been cut by the White Cart (river). Although very peaceful and scenic today, this area was a hive of industrial activity in the late 18th and 19th centuries with the river being used to power various textile mills which employed hundreds of men, women and children. Remains of cotton mills and associated water engineering works can still be seen. Because of the dense woodland a better view of the river and Glen can be obtained in winter, so my visit was timely in this regard.

Below are provided some images and videos of the Glen in deepest winter.




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Glasgow Industrial History: Busby Mills

Friday, January 30, 2009

This morning I connected with Glasgow's industrial past through a visit to Busby Glen Park. The White Carte River flows through this Glen and the 18th century the water was harnessed to power huge textile works employing hundreds of men, women and children. This trip is best done in winter time ( i.e.now) as there is less tree foliage to obscure the views.

The cotton industry commenced in Busby in 1780 and lasted for about 100 years. Prior to cotton, there were mills in existence for waulk (washing and thickening cloth), lint and meal.

The physical legacy can still be traced through weirs, sluices, lades and converted former mill buildings.

The video clips below show the White Carte river and also the railway viaduct which was built in the 1860s to carry the railway across the river.

A fascinating short trip.



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