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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