Victoria EcclesEvent and Marketing OfficerSouth Lanarkshire CouncilMontrose House, 154 Montrose CrescentHamiltonML3 6LBTel: 01698 453982
This new museum (opened this year) has been a major community project and incorporates the contects of several smaller museums that were dotted around the town. A highlight is Gladstone Court, a reconstructed street with historic Victorian- era nook and cranny shops. Other displays cover archaeology, geography and history of the area.
This Parish Church dates from 1817 and is situated on a raised circular mound, indicating that this was once a religious site dating back to the 12th century. The village of Crawfordjohn was established in the 12th century by John, stepson of Baldwin, a Flemish Lord from Biggar.
The church is constructed of stone incorporating fragments of an earlier building. The elegant bell tower has been restored and new louvers fitted to protect the ageing sandstone and bell. It now houses a Museum of Traditional Rural Interest.
.WC in Crawfordjohn Hall nearby. Parking at Crawfordjohn Hall nearby
Image (c) www.crawfordjohn.org
The Museum building, originally the Dower House of Douglas Castle, is situated adjacent to the ancient St Brides Church. It houses six stained glass windows depicting coats of arms of the Douglas Earls.
Exhibitions are changed annually to show the various aspects of village life, Douglas families and the Cameronian Regiment.
Car parking short walk to the museum.
Image (c) Douglas Heritage Museum
The Church was built in 1776 by James Pollock (with additions in 1818 by Robert Pollock and 1862 by W Pomphrey). The original church cost £570 and is modelled on Shettleston Parish Kirk. In 1818 a steeple was added, this is an unusual and highly distinctive feature for a Parish Church; the most famous example of this being St Giles High Kirk in Edinburgh.
Behind the Church is the kirk yard where notable gravestones include the parents of William and John Hunter, the famous surgeons and Rev. James French, minister of the Old Parish Church (1791-1835), who was tutor to the young Walter Scott.
Visitors are welcomed to Sunday morning worship at 11.00 am.
This landmark A listed building is of classical design with iconic porticos towards Almada Street and Beckford Street.
A rare chance to visit an operational fire station. Lanark Fire Station is the Area Headquarters for South Lanarkshire.
Please note that this is an operational Fire Station therefore engines may be unavailable.
Parking will be restricted at the Fire Station.
Lanark Museum houses a collection of items which illustrate the ancient and varied history of the town.
Britain’s highest adhesion railway, reaching 1498 feet above sea level, the railway was built in 1900 for the Caledonian Railway Company for transporting refined lead to the central belt of Scotland. The lead mines closed in the late 1930’s.
The Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway Society was formed in 1983 to construct and operate a 2ft gauge tourist railway between the two villages on the old standard gauge track bed.
Areas of the site which are mnot usually accessible to the public (workshops, loco shed and storage sheds with items awaiting restoration) will be open.
Journeys on the train will incur a charge (£4 adults, £3 concessions, £2 children and £10 family ticket).
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