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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:45 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

I read recently that the whole place was flattened sadly, isnt it awful that all those people lost their wee town for a park..
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

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I read recently that the whole place was flattened sadly, isnt it awful that all those people lost their wee town for a park..


It wasn't quite like that. The houses pit owners built for their workers weren't exactly palaces - they had outside toilets shared by more than one family. The houses weren't maintained or upgraded by them after the pits closed. When I first saw the Pailis most of it was derelict ground and what was left was just the same tenements that I lived in at Mossend: 4 families sharing one toilet, none of the houses had running hot water,or a bath.

But there is no doubt it was a community to the end and there are stories of folk decanted to new 1950s housing in Bellshill that just hated it and wanted back to their 'ane place'.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

http://www.rootschat.com/forum/in...opic=518595.0;attach=364535;image
If this link works it will show you my great grandparents at their house in Roman Place just before WWI. They would still be standing half a century later so you can imagine the state by the time they where demolished. The main problem however was that the drains ran of into the Clyde at a very shallow gradient. By the late fifties raw sewage was backing up into the houses. The pit had closed and it was deemed far to costly to re do the whole sewage system for a village that was pretty redundant as there was no jobs. There wasn't the same car ownership then so obviously residents would have to get the bus to Bellshill or Hamilton for work.

A recent BBC online article reminded me of an old Pailis character, Knocker Knox. Knockers job was to get miners up for work in the morning by as the name suggested knocking their doors and windows. After the pit village was demolished he became homeless and for a time lived in the woods between the old village and Bellshill in a structure made of old doors.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods


Strathclyde Loch by David Laurie, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

You got one of those flying-ma-bobs?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Is that loch artificial (man made)?
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Targer wrote:
Is that loch artificial (man made)?


Yes it was flooded to create this loch and parkland over the village of Bothwellhaugh.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

cybers wrote:
Targer wrote:
Is that loch artificial (man made)?


Yes it was flooded to create this loch and parkland over the village of Bothwellhaugh.


The shot looks south towards Motherwell and Wishaw. Bothwellhaugh lay at the north end. Did you fly in that direction too?
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covered the entire park before both batteries were expended. never took many photos or video though as I think i was just having way too much fun flying. I have it pencilled in for a decent weather Saturday soon though.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

cybers wrote:
covered the entire park before both batteries were expended. never took many photos or video though as I think i was just having way too much fun flying. I have it pencilled in for a decent weather Saturday soon though.


Mind yer WW1 Flying Ace leather cap, goggles and Bomber Jacket - try the barras.

I thought it would be helpful to post a ‘before & after’ in map form [link below] to show changes over time and how these affected Bothwellhaugh. The slider (blue button bottom left) when fully right shows what it was like when the Pailis pit was working; and when fully left shows what it is like today.

The main features to note are the alterations made to the line of the River Clyde, and that only a couple of Miner’s Rows at the north west side of the Pailis would have been ‘submerged’ by Strathclyde Loch which of course didn’t happen as these were demolished long before all the land re-engineering began for the new Strathclyde Park.

But what really tickles me all these years later is finding out for the first time that the Pailis lay on Watling Street, the main Roman Road to London.

The ‘Roman Bridge’ that I knew is also shown on the map and it took the road across the South Calder Water – ‘The Calder’ to us yins. Don't know how you would ever get a horse and cart across it though.

http://goo.gl/P4t9wZ

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