Stanley Mills, Perthshire

This evening, I am posting information on a fascinating example of industrial history located on the banks of the River Tay in central Scotland.

Stanley Mills is now a well-managed visitor attraction located off the A9, which is the main north-south highway in Scotland.

The site was in production for about 200 years, until final closure in 1989. During the long period of operation the site was mainly used for producing cotton based products using free energy in the form of water power from the River Tay. Today, there is still a hydro-electric scheme in operation on site which produces power for the local community.

The River Tay is Scotland’s longest river system, extending to 120 miles.

Between the 1780s and 1980 the fortunes of Stanley Mills waxed and waned through periods of boom and bust, outright closure and extensive fire damage. During this long period the site underwent many changes of ownership and the site constantly adapted to production needs and generating technology.

There are other, similar sites around Scotland of which New Lanark is probably the largest. At Doune, also in central Scotland, a defunct textile mill was converted to producing whisky, again benefiting from free energy in the form of hydro power.

At Stanley Mills it is easy to imagine the tough working conditions of the early industrial period.

The mill owners also built a gasworks plus housing and a church for the local community.

Wheelpits (housing for turbine wheels)

Belt proofing tanks (cotton belting).

River Tay from Stanley Mills

This room houses an exhibition of Scottish diaspora tapestry

Spinning Room at Stanley Mills

Lade at Stanley Mills

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