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Walk in the Park, Glasgow, Scotland

Sunday, December 27, 2009

This morning proved something of a challenge for images.

We are in the depth of winter, recovering from a exceptionally cold spell. There is still snow on the ground with continuing precipitation via a mix of wet snow and rain. Not surprisingly, there was little sign of sunlight.

Cognisant of the above conditions I set of for nearby Linn Park through which flows the White Cart Water (river) which, during the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries ,actually powered many of Glasgow's nascent heavy industries, mills, etc. So, what is now a pleasant area for relaxation was, in past times, a heavy industrial area with all sorts of manufacturing, coal mining and quarrying.

Linn is a Scottish word connected with water. Llyn was the Brittonic (Welsh) word for lake and linne is Gaelic for pool, so the word occurs in most parts of Scotland.

After a visit to the park I went on to the nearby cemetery to obtain images and information for my separate GlasgowAncestry blog, a task not made easy by the poor light and wet snow.

Here is an image of Old Cathcart Cemetery in this morning's weather conditions.

Kids sledging at Linn Park

Dog walkers and families enjoying the snow.

This image shows the White Bridge over the White Cart. It was built around 1835 and is the oldest cast iron bridge in Glasgow. Quite attractive in a snowy setting!

This video clip shows the White Cart in winter including the White Bridge adverted to above.

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Industrial Archaeology Netherlee Glasgow Scotland

Thursday, February 26, 2009

This morning I inspected the site of a former paper mill and dam on the White Cart Water close to Clarkston, Glasgow.

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.



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Industrial History at Linn Park Glasgow Scotland

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

This morning I re-visited a fascinating historical site in the valley of the White Cart Water.

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.



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Linn Park Glasgow Industrial Archaeology Scotland

Sunday, February 15, 2009

This morning I re-visited Linn Park at Cathcart to further investigate the industrial legacy of this now pleasant recreational area.

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.


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Winter Snow at Linn Park Glasgow Scotland

Monday, February 09, 2009

Overnight Glasgow experienced a decent snowfall. This morning I re-visited Linn Park ( formerly and industrial area) to obtain images of the White Cart Water (river) in context of the wintry scenery, an expedition which proved successful. The river water level was quite low. Wildlife extended to a few ducks although I noticed tracks of animals in the snow.


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Linn Park Glasgow in Winter

Saturday, February 07, 2009

This morning, I visited Linn Park near Clarkston. This park is centred on the White Cart Water, a river which was a source of power for various mills, mines and industrial activity from the 17th through to the 20th centuries. Over the course of some five centuries mills on this stretch of the river have used to produce or power paper, snuff, printing activities, meal, and waulk ( washing and thickening cloth). There are also numerous coal mines and lime pits in the area. What is now an area for pleasant relaxation was up until the 19th century a very active industrial, area employing many hundreds of workers.

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.




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