Saturday, 3 August 2013

New Lanark conservation village

New Lanark cotton mills were founded in 1796 near the Falls of Clyde. Water was drawn off from the river to power the spinning machinery.

The mill owner, Robert Owen, provided social and welfare reforms, including the first infant school in Britain.

In 1968 the mills closed down and the village is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

More pictures can be found on my Picasa site

Dundaff Linn on the Falls of Clyde
Water ran along this open channel to power the water wheels
Mill Number One was demolished and rebuilt as New Lanark Mill Hotel
The bell in the bell tower used to summon the workers to the mills
A millworker's house, now a museum
Profits from the village store were fed back into the community
Musicians on the gallery provided music for dance lessons in the classroom

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