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PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:56 pm    Post subject: Larkhall  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Larkhall is a town approx 14 miles southeast of Glasgow. It was situated on the main Glasgow to Carlisle trunk road until bypassed by the M74 motorway in the 1970's. It is well known for its affiliation to a certain Glasgow football club, however the new Asda which opened in the town last March still retains it's standard livery.
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Millheugh Bridge

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Feb 2013


Millheugh Bridge by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Broomhill House was built and extended from about 1568. It was owned by Captain Henry Montgomery MacNeil - Hamilton (this is where the name MacNeil Street comes from). This family were a branch of the Hamilton's who resided in nearby Hamilton Palace. It is also the basis for the story of "The Black Lady" an Indian woman he brought back with him from one of his sea voyages in 1902. She mysteriously disappeared one night two years later and her ghost is said to haunt the site. The Captain died prematurely in 1924 and none of his family would move back into the house. It was in the hands of caretakers until partly destroyed by fire in 1943. The house was sold to another member of the family in 1954 and following a televised live exorcism in the cellar of the house in the house in the 1960's the lady owner then had the cellars sealed off and the building demolished. Today nothing remains apart from a few blocks scattered about the site, although the door lintel from the house now resides in the nearby Applebank Inn.

The old sandstone bridge was replaced by the current one in 1935 following it's collapse one night in 1934.
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Larkhall (Central) station

Larkhall Central station - 1905


Larkhall station - Dec 2005


Larkhall Station 2005 by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Larkhall station - Feb 2013

Larkhall Station 2013 by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Larkhall Central station was opened by the Caledonian Railway on 1st July 1905 and continued on to Stonehouse and Stathaven. It was the second station to be opened by the company, the first being Larkhall East in 1856 at the foot of Station Road. The line was closed under the Beeching Axe on 4th October 1965, despite local outcry. Forty years later the line was reinstated (only as far as Larkhall) reopening on the 12th December 2005. The line reopened as part of the Argyle line through Glasgow Central low level along with two new stations at Merryton (in the north of Larkhall) and Chatelherault (in Ferniegair). An hourly Sunday service is now available following successful trials in 2007, which is in addition to the weekly half-hourly service.
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Larkhall Viaduct (W) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Larkhall Viaduct (E) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


View from Viaduct by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


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The Larkhall Viaduct across the Avon Gorge is the tallest rail bridge in Scotland spanning 770 feet with a central span rising to 174 feet which is 170 feet above the water. It was built by Arrol Bros between 1898 and 1904 and carried the Caledonian line between Larkhall and Stonehouse. This line also had the longest viaduct in Scotland at Stonehouse but today only the pillars remain after the deck was removed in 1984. This was some twenty years after the line closed under the Beeching Report on the 4th October 1965. The viaduct has now been unused and unmaintained for almost 50 years so although reasonably sound there are concerns regarding public access to the structure. This led to the building of 10 feet high concrete walls in 2010 to this end. Although the line reopened to Larkhall (at the original Larkhall Central station on Caledonian Road) on the 9th December 2005 (over forty years since closure) with the poor condition of this viaduct and only the pillars remaining at Stonehouse it would seem unlikely the line will ever go any further. Two sets of tracks have been provided at Larkhall station and there has been talk, since 1995, of integrating the viaduct within a walkway/cycleway between the two towns. Hoepfully this will lead to its retention as it has survived at least three attempts to have it demolished since 1984.
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Ye Olde Applebank Inn by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Beer Garden by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

The Applebank Inn is a well-kent Larkhall watering hole. It can trace it's roots back to the 1700's. Inside is the door lintel from nearby Broomhill House which is said to be the reason that The Black Lady haunts the pub.
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Millheugh pano by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Morgan Glen entrance by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

This is a panorama shot from the opposite bank of the Avon Water. The second building from right is the Applebank Inn and across the bridge on the right hand side is the entrance into Morgan Glen (just where the tall tree is). This is an area around the Avon Gorge which was bought by John Morgan, a former proprietor of the Applebank Inn from the Hamilton family, which he gifted to the people of Larkhall . The area is also home to the famous viaduct.
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Swings and Shadows by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Natural Forces by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Swingpark across from the Applebank Inn and the Avon Water running under Millheugh Bridge with the viaduct in the distance.
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Morgan Glen Monument by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


View from Morgan Glen by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

The monument erected in 2009 in Morgan Glen. Due to it's lofty position the glen provides some spectacular views. This is looking north towards the Chatelherault estate (the High Parks) on the other side of the Avon.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Some good before and afters in that wee set there Ally.
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Broomhill House I by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Broomhill House II by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Broomhill House III by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

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Some good before and afters in that wee set there Ally.

Cheers Davie, hope to include a few more. These are some views of what remained of Broomhill House as of Feb 2013.


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