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village under water

PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 9:22 am
by cumbo
Perhaps some of the Lanarkshire chaps can help with this:
I was told that Strathclyde park was built on an old mineing village.I saw a picture in a magazine years ago that confirmed this.As far as I can see they built up the sides of the man made 'Loch' and diverted the River Clyde through the main street,flooding it. This must only have happend about 30 years ago. What was the name of this village?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 9:35 am
by Pgcc93
The BBC did a documentary on this place about three years ago, the name of which escapes me :? It had colour film taken with a cine-camera by one of the locals just before they were relocated.
Any folks from that part of Lanarkshire put a name to this submerged village :?:

PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 10:35 am
by caine
could a diving expedition be on the cards for the Hidden Glasgow massive?!

PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 10:38 am
by DMcNay
As far as I know, and I'll check this up, but where Strathclyde Park is now used to be part of the estate for Hamilton Palace, which was demolished in the 1920's so they could mine for coal underneath it.

The Duke of Hamilton made a fortune from the sale, and moved to his slightly smaller big house a wee bit further away.

There's some stuff on Hamilton Palace (as well as loads of photos) at the Low Parks Museum in Hamilton. Go visit. Combine it with a tour of the Mausoleum, which I really need to go see one of these days.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 10:38 am
by DMcNay
caine wrote:could a diving expedition be on the cards for the Hidden Glasgow massive?!

There won't be anything there, trust me.....

PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 10:48 am
by Osiris
hey all,

i think the village under the loch may be bothwellhaugh. there was also originally a couple of ponds which they joined up and extended to make the loch. i also heard they moved the roman fort which would be under water when they flooded the loch, although i'v never been able to locate it.

Strathclyde park and the surrounding parks (dalziel and chaterhault hold quite a few secrets waiting exploration).

Cheers, J

PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 10:52 am
by DMcNay
If you enter Strathclyde Park from the Motherwell end, the Roman remains are somewhere on your left hand side.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 10:56 am
by cumbo
Thanks for your help ;Our very own underwater Brigadoon.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 11:00 am
by Osiris
I'v seen signs for the Roman fort and know roughly where it should be, just never been able to pinpoint it exactly. there is a roman bathhouse which is well preserved and also a roman bridge. there are some great ruins all around the woods which date from the Hamilton dynasty also.


PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 11:24 am
by kn0wledge

One of the largest mausolea in the world, the building was started by David Hamilton in 1842 and completed by David Bryce and Alexander Richie in 1858. It was built for the 10th Duke of Hamilton at the immense cost of £130,000 as a family chapel and tomb, although its peculiar acoustics prevented its use as a chapel. Designed in a grand style it has been described as "an extraordinary work of architectural sculpture rather than a building". Its dome is 36m (120 feet) high, and there is a fine mosaic floor and large bronze doors.

On his death, the 10th Duke was entombed there in an Egyptian sarcophagus, along with 16 other members of his family who were transferred from the remaining aisle of the nearby collegiate church.

Like much of the Hamilton Estate, the mausoleum was struck by subsidence, due to the removal of the coal beneath. The mausoleum sank 5.5m (18 feet), but surprisingly still stands, although most of the bodies it contained were transferred to the nearby Bent Cemetery in 1921.

From ... t6722.html

I was in there on a school trip when I was in high school. I think it has the longest echo of any building in the world. I'm unsure whether or not it's still open. I wouldn't mind visiting it again for myself, now you mention it.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 11:37 am
by Fossil
dont think its open -K- was over at it a couple o years ago.. looks like a wee trip soon then :wink:


PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 11:57 am
by nuttytigger
There is nothing left under the loch as i have the documentary on tape somewhere, the village dissapeared after a big fire closed the main shop so families started moving out. therefore they made plans for strathclyde park and then the whole village was raised to the ground.

you can find the old reamins easily, but when you go to strathclyde park there is nothin there to suggest a village.

also the mausoleum is a magnificent viewing feature although the neds have graffitied the wheol bottom of it, my fiances great-grandad help with the moving of bodies in the early 1920s.

hope this helps,


PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 12:15 pm
by DMcNay
There are regular tours of the Mausoleum, they're organised by the people at the Low Parks Museum. I'll make some enquiries.

Anyone fancy a tour of the tomb?

tour of the tomb

PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 12:18 pm
by nuttytigger
i would love to go :)

although i think tip2tail has been there already :)


PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 12:20 pm
by Ronnie
Sounds good to me. Always up for a tour of a tomb. It was designed by David Hamilton, who also designed the Bridge of Sighs, the Egyptian Vaults, the gatekeeper's lodge and the ornamental gates at the Necropolis.