Photographer's Note

Taken in late October, this is a view over the heritage village of New Lanark from the pathway down to it from the visitors' car park above it.

Robert Owen, a Welshman and later colleague of Richard Arkwright, the inventor of the spinning frame, did much to develop the cloth trade in north-west England. Owen travelled north and, during a visit to the Glasgow area, fell in love with Caroline Dale, daughter of the proprietor, David Dale, of a new spinning and weaving mill at New Lanark. Not only did he marry Dale's daughter but he also did much to develop the site in New Lanark and was also responsible for social reform, making certain that his workers had fair pay, good nutrition and satisfactory living conditions.

Once again, you can read more about Robert Owen and New Lanark on the wonderful "Undiscovered Scotland" website here and here.

New Lanark is now a heritage centre and well worth a visit. The houses, originally built for workers at the mills and now restored, are much sought after as prime accommodation for local workers and commuters to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

In this picture, Mill One (now the New Lanark Hotel) lies directly ahead in the distance; Mill Two lies to the left and you can see evidence of its new roof garden. The roofs and chimneys in the foreground are of the high tenement buildings which were constructed to house the millworkers and the little belltower was originally built to summon workers to their tasks, children to their school, and the villagers to church.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7659] (30513)
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