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22/06/16 Double Row Restoration Project # , , , ,

A tour of building restoration work at New Lanark

A tour of building restoration work at New Lanark

Here in New Lanark we are surrounded by tenement buildings which are rich in history and each have their own story. For example, Caithness Row was named after the highlanders who came to settle and work in New Lanark when their ship, intended for America, was brought into Greenock due to weather damage. David Dale had heard of this and sent a representative to Greenock to offer jobs and a place to live. Housing has always been a key feature here in New Lanark as David Dale offered free housing with good living conditions for their time, which was uncommon in this era. David Dale’s generosity was simply due to the fact that he believed those who worked in New Lanark should live in New Lanark because of the remote distance in which it is located. It was not practical to travel to New Lanark. All of the buildings in New Lanark have been restored today in their own unique way, for example, Robert Owens house has been renovated to look like what it once was when Mr Owen and his family lived there in 1799.

Double Row beside the River Clyde

Double Row’s beautiful riverside location

Double Row is the only building on the site which is yet to be restored. The riverside building has been empty and redundant for the past 42 years, however, is currently undergoing a restoration process and is set to be finished by December, 2016. The first 7 tenements will be town houses which are available to purchase and design inside. However, the 8th tenement, also known as the Museum Stair, which is now a Scheduled Monument will be interpreted in a CAVE (Computer Aided Virtual Environment) in a part of the New Lanark Visitor Centre so visitors can virtually experience being in a ‘room within a room’ throughout the decades of Double Row’s inhabitation.

Today we went on a ‘Hard Hat’ tour of Double Row and had an opportunity to view the restoration work so far. We were able to walk up the scaffolding which is currently surrounding the building and were lucky enough to view inside to see the layout of the tenements. We were also treated to some beautiful views of the Clyde! When inside Double Row you are able to view the 5 stories of each tenement and can visually imagine what it used to look like as the outline of the fireplaces are still visible. With the help of modern day technology, the Museum Stair will have a 3D tour which will allow visitors to view a digital version of what life was like in the past and you will even receive a guided tour from David Dale himself… well, with a little help from technology of course.

We were able to speak to the Land Engineering contractors who are in charge of the restoration work who explained what they had to do in order to restore the building.

Double Row was renovated partly in the past, around the mid-80’s, however, that was only to keep the building standing. Building conservation methods have advanced since then so the workmen have to change the tiles on the roof to match the modern day style. This is a long and strenuous process and has taken time to change the roofing slates and also to clear the debris left inside.

We look forward to seeing the restored Double Row later in the year. Here are some more photos from our Hard Hat Tour of Double Row…

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

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Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

Hard Hat Tour - New Lanark - Double Row

You can find out more about the Double Row Restoration Project on the New Lanark website. 

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13/05/16 Behind the scenes at New Lanark , Double Row Restoration Project # , , ,

Hard Hat Tour of Double Row Restoration Project

Hard Hat Tour of Double Row Restoration Project

Yesterday we donned our hard hats and took part in a guided tour of the Double Row Restoration works in the village. With blue skies and plenty of sunshine we couldn’t have asked for a better day to be climbing the scaffolding!

New Lanark Trust has pioneered heritage-led regeneration and since its formation in 1974 has transformed a derelict site into one of World Heritage status. The last block of former millworkers’ housing to be restored is Double Row, a vacant and dilapidated terrace of eight four and five storey properties on Scotland’s Buildings At Risk Register. This important project will ensure the survival of this A-listed building of international architectural and historical significance by restoring it as residential accommodation.

A range of heritage-based community activities will be delivered in parallel to the construction works. There will be a strong emphasis on Traditional Building Skills training through a series of talks, demonstrations and special exhibition. Other events include ‘house history’ workshops, project discovery days, including hard-hat tours of the restoration process and ‘back in time day’, where visitors will explore life in the 18th century cotton mill village.

Here’s a look at some of the photos we took on yesterday’s Hard Hat Tour…

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A beautiful day in New Lanark Village

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Arriving at the Double Row Restoration building site

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Our first views at the top of the scaffolding – New Lanark Mill Hotel!

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An up close look at the slate work and chimney stacks

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Beautiful views of the River Clyde

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Panorama shot!

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Long Row at New Lanark

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Learning about Stonemasonry

You can find out more about the Double Row Restoration Project on our website or by signing up to our monthly e-newsletter.

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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21/03/16 Latest News at New Lanark # , , , , , , ,

House History Project at New Lanark needs you!

House History Project at New Lanark needs you!

New Lanark Trust has launched a House History project to discover more about the lives of the people who used to live and work in the historic village.

New Lanark Trust is placing a call out for people with family connections to anyone who used to live and/or work at New Lanark, specifically with a focus on anyone who used to live in the Double Row or Water Row tenement blocks as part of their House History Project. 

The information gathered will be used to form a permanent record of the families who used to live in, or were connected to New Lanark. These details will be collated into a cohesive family portfolio within New Lanark’s Search Room Archive and will also be available to the public as a publication.

The research from the ‘House History’ project will also form the historical basis for the interpretation activities linked to New Lanark’s Double Row Restoration Project. This is a major Townscape Heritage / CARS Project at New Lanark to restore Double Row, the last block of former millworkers’ housing to be restored at the historic site. Building works started on Double Row in late February 2016, and are expected to continue until the end of the year.  The £4m project is being funded by a number of organisations, with the two main funders being the Heritage Lottery Fund (through its Townscape Heritage (TH) programme) and Historic Environment Scotland (through its Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS).

Ruth Beattie, Lead Researcher says “The ‘House History’ project is a fantastic opportunity for us to learn more about New Lanark’s people in the early 20th century and bring to light family stories and memories. We look forward to hearing from past residents or their relatives, and would encourage anyone with a story to share to contact us using the details below.”

Anyone with information, photographs or artefacts they would like to share should contact Ruth Beattie at New Lanark Trust on:

  • Email: ruth.[email protected]
  • Call: 01555 661345
  • Post: ‘House History Project’, New Lanark trust, New Lanark Mills, Lanark, ML11 9DB.

Further information on the House History Project and New Lanark can be found at www.newlanark.org

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07/03/16 Latest News at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Double Row Restoration Project launches at New Lanark

Double Row Restoration Project launches at New Lanark

Building works have begun at New Lanark World Heritage Site on Double Row, the last block of former millworkers’ housing to be restored at the historic site. To coincide with the works beginning, bookings are now open for a range of free heritage-based community activities linked to the project.

Double Row has a beautiful location overlooking the River Clyde

Double Row has a beautiful location overlooking the River Clyde

Since its formation in 1974, New Lanark Trust has pioneered heritage-led regeneration and transformed a derelict site into one of World Heritage status. The last block of former millworkers’ housing to be restored is Double Row, a vacant and dilapidated terrace of eight four and five storey properties on Scotland’s Buildings At Risk Register. This important project will ensure the survival of this A-listed building of international architectural and historical significance by restoring it as residential accommodation.

The ‘Museum Stair’, a tenement within Double Row, was in continuous occupation from the 1790s – 1970s and is designated a Scheduled Monument, due to the remarkable survival of original artefacts and materials such as fireplaces, sinks, ‘set-in’ beds, remnants of wallpaper and linoleum. This rare example of early industrial workers’ housing is in a very poor, deteriorating condition and requires urgent conservation work. Due to the building’s fragile interior, access is currently restricted but this project will provide remote access and interpretation through the creation of a 3D Virtual Tour, which will offer a ground-breaking new visitor experience.

Total costs for this large scale regeneration project are over £4m. The two main funders are the Heritage Lottery Fund through its Townscape Heritage (TH) programme and Historic Environment Scotland through its Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS). Additional funding has been secured from the Renewable Energy Fund (South Lanarkshire Council), The Wolfson Foundation and New Lanark Trust.

A range of free heritage-based community activities will be delivered in parallel with the construction works. For the first half of 2016, these include:

There are also a number of volunteering opportunities available, from undertaking historical research to assisting with project events. For more information please contact [email protected].

Miranda Lorraine, New Lanark’s Townscape Heritage Project Officer said “After years of planning we are delighted that works have begun to restore the Double Row tenement block to its former glory. We’d love the residents of New Lanark and the local community to get involved with the project, from taking part in the Traditional Building Skills Workshops to donning a hard hat and joining us for a guided tour of the site – there’s an activity for everyone to enjoy”

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