New Lanark, World Heritage Site

New Lanark, World Heritage Site, Scotland

 This evening, I am focusing on one of Scotland’s World Heritage Sites, namely New Lanark.

This massive cotton manufacturing plant has its origins in the the late 18th century when it was originally established by David Dale (1739-1806).  Original power source was free and very eco-friendly in the form of the River Clyde. This resulted is some very advanced and impressive engineering to harness the power of the water supply which remains in evidence today. Apart from the sheer scale of this enterprise, New Lanark is remembered for the social pioneering of subsequent owner, Robert Owen who focused on the workers quality of life as manifested in improved working conditions, a school, adult education and a village store.

By the 1970s the mill had gone into decline but was rescued by a conversation trust which ultimately, and deservedly, achieved World Heritage status for the site. Many of the workers houses have been reinstated as homes and part of the former mill has been converted to a hotel. On site some modest scale spinning is still undertaken. The nearby waterfalls are also deserving of a visit.

The visitor experience is, perhaps, tilted towards children but, nevertheless is worthy of a visit by perosns of all ages and will be of special interest to those intersted in industrial history.

Here is  a Petrie steam engine which replaced/supplemented the original water power.

Petrie Steam Engine, New Lanark
Petrie Steam Engine, New Lanark, Scotland

 

New Lanark, World Heritage Site

New Lanark, World Heritage Site, Scotland

 

New Lanark, World Heritage Site

New Lanark, World Heritage Site, Scotland

 

New Lanark, World Heritage Site

New Lanark, World Heritage Site, Scotland

 

New Lanark, World Heritage Site

New Lanark, World Heritage Site, Scotland

Elsewhere today I have been primarily focused on the minutiae of an upcoming two day tour for 47 persons from Glasgow. Also responded to a couple of new tour enquiries for this year.

Tomorrow, I have to design a 10 day self-drive tour of Britiain for a visiting honeymoon couple.

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