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The power behind Lochwinnoch's industrial growth like so many towns during the industrial revolution was its river, in this case the Calder.
In 1788 McDowall built a large cotton mill, Calderpark Mill, on what was the western edge of the new village to attract new tenants.
We take a look at the Mills that dotted the landscape around Lochwinnoch.
Shipbuilding was at the heart of these businesses supplying furniture for the Lusitania, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. The Klondyke supplied chairs for the ill-fated Titanic.
After a few years the cooperage moved to the old Viewfield Cabinet Works. The Klondyke became the machine shop, with Jimmy Quinn as manager.
Before the advent of out of town shopping most villages were pretty much self sufficient with tailors, cobblers etc.
The soundtrack is an extract from an episode of the radio programme "Down Your Way" which was broadcast in 1972.
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