In the late eighteenth century, David Dale, a Glasgow banker and Richard Arkwright, inventor of the Spinning Jenny, constructed a village and textile mill in a narrow gorge on the banks of the River Clyde.
This village, called New Lanark, was soon to become world famous. Robert Owen, Dale's son-in-law took over
management of the mills in 1880. From being a tyrannical boss, he slowly changed his ways and New Lanark became a model workplace where new ideas of labour relations and working conditions were tried.
Owen argued that a well educated and well housed workforce would be more
content and therefore efficient. Today his once radical ideas are common
in the workplace .
The New Lanark mills and buildings have been
beautifully renovated and are today a World Heritage Site.
Another first for the area was the Scottish International Aviation Meeting of 1910. This was the first time that aircraft had been seen in numbers in Scotland, and the meeting attracted the best of Europe's fledgling pilots. Nineteen plots gave over 100.000 people their first taste of the radical
new flying machines.
Another beautiful book from the author Helen Moir.
William Wallace monument
High Street, old Lanark
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