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Beano

Leadhills Wanlockhead

Parade Leadhills Wanlockhead World Goldpanning Championships 1992







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Symington Monument



Curfew Bell



Miners Library



Hopetoun Arms Hotel Leadhills
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Leadhills Railway





Wanlockhead







Mahdi West

Stoaters Beano  
LowLight

Belters Ben.
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Doog Doog

nice ones Ben
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Doorstop

Brilliant!! Loving your stuff of late Ben.
Beano

Doorstop wrote:
Brilliant!! Loving your stuff of late Ben.
Cheers Big Stuff  
Beano

Gala Day Leadhills




Kirkconnel Pipes and Drums Band
Sanquhar Brass Band
Photo's taken in 1992 the first one going past my old house in Ramsay rd.
Second one Main street.
cybers

Wheres the photys of The Wicker Man Ben  

We know yi all got swallied and toasted a polis on the hill...

Brilliant pieces with time stamps to relevance... Thought about taking a stroll into Leadhill this weekend as its supposed to snow to grab a few shots of the Shepherds House
hillmanimp

Thanks for that.   Stunning stuff old bean

Imp
Beano

cybers wrote:
Wheres the photys of The Wicker Man Ben

We know yi all got swallied and toasted a polis on the hill...

Brilliant pieces with time stamps to relevance... Thought about taking a stroll into Leadhill this weekend as its supposed to snow to grab a few shots of the Shepherds House
Cybers..photo of present day shepherds house on the Elvanfoot rd-Leadhills rd. Just out of the photo there is a track at the bottom of the hill, follow the track for about 1/4 mile and you will find the house.



Better coming in the Leadhills way as it's only a short distance from there.
btw take wellies...ah know ye wull hiv them...    
cybers

I thought i gave yi thum back as the sheep kept following them  
Beano

 



Ebenezer Hall in the background photo taken 2004
Charlie Endell

Love visiting Leadhills and Wanlockhead. Leadhills has an other worldy feel to it. Saw a former miner's cottage for sale for about 90k - bit of a commute to work for me though - mind you, there's a bus to Lanark, to connect with trains to Glasgow.
Beano

Charlie Endell wrote:
Love visiting Leadhills and Wanlockhead. Leadhills has another worldy feel to it. Saw a former miner's cottage for sale for about 90k - bit of a commute to work for me though - mind you, there's a bus to Lanark, to connect with trains to Glasgow.
Charlie..no bus service when I lived there and took me about 45 mins driving. My house cost 30k almost 7 years later sold it for 35k not a great return or investment. I found many people would come up from England and pay those stupid prices, then later on want to move back down south but could not get their money back on the house. The winters are severe and long and most "incomers" will only last two years but my kids loved the place and all turned out well in the end.
wee link about the winters...  

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lowtherhills/
Charlie Endell

Great photos Beano   .

Aye, did think winters would be pretty severe up there. '47 must have been horrendous.
norrie

Hi beano, I have been in the village many times over the years, still do if we are hill walking in the area
I will tell you this, you must have had better weather when you took your photos, I almost didn't recognise the shot of the Ebenezer Church
Beano


Leadhills Curfew Bell by Ben.Allison36, on Flickr


Leadhills by Ben.Allison36, on Flickr


Ramsay Road Leadhills by Ben.Allison36, on Flickr


Leadhills by Ben.Allison36, on Flickr

At Leadhills last night visiting friends, first time I've had ice on my tripod  
norrie

Hi beano, cracking photos, I must try taking a night shot using my new tripod
cybers

Crackers Ben ....

Curfew Bell though please explain ???

Norrie you have a tripod ... god help us all  
Beano

cybers wrote:
Crackers Ben ....

Curfew Bell though please explain ???

Norrie you have a tripod ... god help us all

" The curfew bell was an integral element of the mining industry in Leadhills and the community as a whole, used to inform workers of shift changes, accidents in the mine as well as for schools and offering articles for sale. Built by the Scots Mining Company in 1770, the curfew bell is prominently sited in the village square in the centre of the former lead mining village of Leadhills. It was supposedly built to commemorate James Stirling, mine manager, in the year of his death."

btw...first time I shot in raw then made into jpeg using free Olympus software and PSP combo..
Norrie...careful stay oot of dark lanes ye could end up wi two tripods..  
cybers

Dont use olympus software just convert it in tottyshop  

Anyhows nice explanation on the bell I was curious ... Thought it was to get the Sheep Sh*****S hame for thier tea and bath or something.

norrie

Hi Cybers, yes I bought it a few weeks ago from Quiggs
I was asked to take photos at a function and  thought ,woops the wee didgie  wont do, so I need to use the SLR and I cant make a pigs ear of these photos
Alas I was told a real photographer will be doing the shots, pheww
Anyway I will still take photos for my own use

Beano, no chance of using a tripod down any lanes, after dark
cybers

You need to get some night stuff done wee fella .... Pretty easy now the darker nights are here.
Beano

"Tottyshoap" ye say am bad enough wi yon free stuff.. anyhoo some mere pics
the hoose at the end wiz ma auld hoose, turned oot a right sh!te hole noo


Ramsay Road Leadhills by Ben.Allison36, on Flickr


Leadhills by Ben.Allison36, on Flickr


Leadhills by Ben.Allison36, on Flickr


Ramsay Road Leadhills by Ben.Allison36, on Flickr
norrie

Hi Beano, I recognise that last one, its not being looked after, come to think of it, its always been pretty poor but when I seen it a few weeks ago I thought it had got worse
Beano

Norrie...the house with the red door in the last photo was bought as a holiday home and cost 50 around 1969-70

Wee bit of condensation on the lens due to the cold weather in this one.


Leadhills by Ben.Allison36, on Flickr
norrie

Hi Beano, 50, hells teeth it was surely worth more than that even in those days
Why the heck doesnt the owner get it up to scratch
Beano

norrie wrote:
Hi Beano, 50, hells teeth it was surely worth more than that even in those days
Why the heck doesnt the owner get it up to scratch

Norrie, I was talking too the owner and his wife back in the 90s (both retired) so maybe dead by now. The house was a time warp inside (like many in the village) no heating, hot water, attic bedroom ect. Symington street received a European grant and was refurbished with home extensions added at the rear. The next thing was the "conservation village" award this stopped any home improvements like double glazed windows ,doors, and velux windows. I think if you had them installed before the award you could keep them after that you needed planning permission.
norrie

Hi Beano, yes I had hear about that but the house that my BIL owned in 3 Hopetoun Place  has had new windows in it since he sold it, he was told I am sure that any replacement windows would have to be in the same style as the old ones, well they are not as far as I can see
He was not eligible for grants as it was not his main home, he sold it about 5 years ago and it was sold on a year or so ago for 80,000, thats a LOT higher than he sold it for

They want a conservation village, well help the folk who live there and why not the holiday homes, a tumbledown house affects all who are next to it
I have to admit the village was loking good when I was in iit a few weeks ago, still some eyesores right enough

The Hotel is much improved and work is still ongoing, the owners are great for openeing the bar for our hill walking group, not many pubs do that
Beano

Norrie..I'm sure the replacement windows had to be wooden sash type, did notice the school was being refurbished last week that's a good sign for the village.
norrie

Hi Beano, yes , dare say its the school thats used by more than the kids in Leadhills
frewturama

Here's a couple of OS maps I have of Leadhills 1910 and Wanlockhead 1912.
Excuse the poor photography.

LEADHILLS 1910
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WANLOCKHEAD 1912
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Beano

The British gold panning championships 2013 held at Wanlockhead this weekend, I took a few snaps and hope you like them.  

British Gold Panning Championship

British Gold Panning Championship

British Gold Panning Championship

British Gold Panning Championship
Beano

British Gold Panning Championship

British Gold Panning Championship

British Gold Panning Championship

British Gold Panning Championship

British Gold Panning Championship
norrie

Hi beano, good shots, any gold found?
Beano

norrie wrote:
Hi beano, good shots, any gold found?

Norrie, don't see the point of standing in a bath o'mucky water wi a bucket o'mud trying tae find gold they put there in the first place....
norrie

Hi Beano, well here was me thinking they chanced their luck in the burns
One of the members of Glescapals has panned for gold in Leadhills and other locations, found some and it wasnt planted

Sunny in Leadhills, makes a change, we were walking in that area a few weeks ago, chipped it down all day, we are supposed to be in that area on Thursday, depends on the weather
Some of the walking group dont like Leadhills but I do
No many pubs in Scotland will open the pub for us
cybers

I have seen the panners in the burns up there loads of times have also seen the big galvy baths competitions too ... seems like a waste of time to me when they should just parp them all in the burn and make it a real competition...
cybers


Little Pig Bridge by David C Laurie, on Flickr
Beano

Hoi, big man wur you up there takin photies o'the choo choo's    
norrie

Hi Cybers, great shot
I have never heard of Little Pig Bridge
cybers

It's not its name .... When we used to go up there with the weans they used to play a game on there and for some reason it was called The Little Pig Bridge, When we are in the area we stop there all the time as it was special to the weans.

Ben I have never seen the trains running ... We were lucky A farmer had just ploo'd (His exact words) the road slightly south of Leadhills right through to Wanlockhead. yet the road was fine 500 yards out of the villages on the down slopes.
norrie

Hi Cybers, oky doky
Leadhills looked pretty bad from the road from Biggar, glad we had spent the week in Melrose
Beano




Untitled by Ben.Allison36, on Flickr
norrie

Rust in peace, I surprised that is still standing, I first seen it in the early 1970s
cybers

Took a wee run up past Leadhills and Wanlockhead yesterday and had a wee look at the railway.... Damn its slow  


Adhesion Railway at Leadhills by David Laurie, on Flickr
Beano

I was up there a few weeks ago and the wife was talking to an english couple while I took the wee fella around the station. They were struggling with a 4x4 that wouldn't start and she said "how do you like living here" they replied we f**king hate the place but stuck here just like the car.  
BtW My son's father-in-law just bought a house there.
norrie

When its nice in Leadhills its nice but when its not nice its awful, I like the place and the walks in the area, good pint of Light in The Hopetoun Arms Hotel
Beano




Rural Landscape by Ben Allison, on Flickr




Rural Landscape by Ben Allison, on Flickr




Rural Landscape by Ben Allison, on Flickr
norrie

Hi Ben, I know exactly were you are, one of these days I will stop and take some shots   but we always seem to be in a hurry to get to our walk or get home
The Bellshillian

My mother's aunt and her husband ran the co-op in Wanlockhead in the 1940's I think it would have been and she would go up regularly to stay with them when she was a teenager. About ten years ago she went on a run in the car down to Wanlockhead. She thought she would take a chance and chap the door of a girl she was friendly with when she visited in the 1940's and lo and behold she still lived in the same house with her brother. They invited her in and had a good chin wag as if it was just yesterday.
IBrown

Following a long period when my dad was unemployed, and I had been on free school meals at Mossend public school (the primary), I qualified for a free weeks holiday in Leadhills (paid for by the county?).

I can't remember where we were boarded but it was in a big brick or stone building rather than a wooden hall, on at least two floors, with dormitories, and staff slept there.

An Activity holiday, our days were spent out walking, and I know we climbed the Green Lowther? a strange hill with false summits - you thought you'd got to top only to find when you crested the summit there in front of you a short distance away was 'another hill' on top of it, and when you got to the top of that, another one.

Railways daft one of the first things I noticed on those walks were the old viaducts, at least one was grey concrete and curved. It was then I learned for the first time there had been a railway there.

Our walks also took us to Wanlockhead. At that time there was a dispute between the two villages as to which was the highest above sea level.

I enjoyed it but I've never been back since.
The Bellshillian

It might have been the Youth Hostel. It is still going I believe.
Marblez

Larkhall Academy also had an Outdoor Centre there, not sure if it is still open though
Alycidon

When I was at Coatbridge High School we had a Maths Teacher, Mr Russell who was a railway enthusiast.  He found out about the Outdoor studies facility which was in the old schoolhouse right at Beattock Summit and we spent a week there in the summers of 1973 and 1974.  It was great for sitting by the line spotting and going for walks in the area, one was the track of the old line from Elvanfoot to Wanlockhead.
One of the more unusual activities was a night time "wide game", and the idea was that you had to get from a starting point on the Elvanfoot to Wanlockhead road to a little bridge about a mile up the road without being spotted by Mr Russell or one of the other teachers who drove up and down the road.
We had spotted them coming and hid in a culvert under the road, next thing the Police Patrol appeared and wanted to know what he was doing driving up and down the road rather slowly!!
cybers


IMG_0455 by David Laurie, on Flickr
Beano

I think they stored the explosives for the mines in these buildings.
Glasgow Loon

Wanlockhead and Leadhills train becomes commuter service

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-36737190
cybers

Glasgow Loon wrote:
Wanlockhead and Leadhills train becomes commuter service

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-36737190


FFS they would be quicker taking the 50 mile detour
Beano




Leadhills by Ben Allison, on Flickr

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