This afternoon, I ventured out to visit the valley of the White Cart near Busby, south of Glasgow.

I always enjoy visiting this site with today’s trip motivated by the need to record images of the near Arctic conditions prevailing before the thaw sets in. In fact, as I write this, we are experiencing rain so the icy scenery may disappear until the  next bout of snow and ice- which may be just  24 hours away.

There is considerable history in and around this site.

Firstly, the name Busby indicates Scandinavian origin (probably from around the time of the Vikings) which is unusual in this part of Scotland. Then, apart from the magnificent scenery, this particular short valley boasts the remains of a fort from the Iron Age (700BC-43AD) but perhaps of greater importance is the role played during the Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries when the White Cart was a power source for textile industry mills the physical legacy of which can still be found.

Below is a very icy scene showing the frozen river with railway viaduct. 

White Cart at Busby

White Cart in Winter

 Here is the river subject to extensive icing over.

Icy White Cart at Busby

White Cart

 This shows remains of  a water powered industrial site.

Industrial Archaeology, Busby

Old Industrial Works on White Cart

 This is the scant remains of the Iron-Age fort comprising an arc of low bank enclosing a small area of ground overlooking the river.

Iron age Fort

Iron Age Fort Remains, Busby

To sum up, superimposed on the scenery is an interesting historic legacy dating from about 2500 years ago to the Vikings and then on to the Industrial Revolution which changed the face of Britain.

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