Sunday, 13 February 2011

New Lanark

New Lanark

New Buildings (1798), New Lanark, in the evening

New Lanark is now a World Heritage Site, situated on the banks of the River Clyde, some way south of Glasgow. The village was founded in 1785 as an industrial community, with cotton mills and housing for the workforce. It became known as a model community when Robert Owen introduced a series of reforms intended to improve the quality of life of the workers.

The village has been extensively restored and there are exhibition areas in several buildings, a roof garden, gift shop and coffee shop. I was attracted by the restored textile machinery. When New Lanark was restored a decision was made to convert the machinery from cotton processing to wool. This is in contrast to Quarry Bank Mill (which I visited last year), which was restored to continue to mill cotton. At New Lanark the heritage machinery now produces the New Lanark yarns, New Lanark Organic, Flying Flock yarn and probably some more I'm not aware of.

I first visited in November, and decided it would be a fine place to spend a few days for a winter break. So I returned in January and stayed in one of the self- catering Waterhouses, which lie right on the river bank behind the hotel.

The Waterhouses, New Lanark

In addition to the village itself, there are easy riverside walks

Warning on footpath, Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve

to nearby waterfalls, which are at their best in winter

Corra Linn, Falls of Clyde

And an on-site source of yarn! Here are my Prairie boots, knitted from two strands of the New Lanark Aran, in the Iris colourway.

Prairie Boots Pattern by Cocoknits

... click on the r to see the bootees on my ravelry project page (login needed).

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