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Lochwinnoch Industries


Dr Brian Smith

The power behind Lochwinnoch's industrial growth like so many towns during the industrial revolution was its river, in this case the Calder. The river is now a shadow of its former self primarily due to water being diverted to the Kaim reservoir. When I was growing up in the village the river supported fine sized trout and many other marine animals.

So it is appropriate to start this section with some of the photographic record of the infrastructure used to harness the power of the Calder. The pairs of photographs below show the main structures used to harness the Calder. Most pairs comprise photographs of the original structure and its present day condition. When you click on a photograph a larger version will appear together with further details.

By clicking on the links (underlined words) a map will appear showing the location of these structures. Each map is from 1856

The first pair is a sluice used to

divert water to the Calderhaugh


The second are the Falls which

fed water to the Calderpark Mill.


A 360º View of The Falls can be seen here.

The third is the Wooden Dam Breast which fed water to the Calderhaugh Bleachfields.

The map shows a sluice adjacent

to the mill which diverted water

into a lade which ran from here

to Whittons Mill. It is still

visible as a ditch that runs

along the right hand side of the

path that follows the course of

the river up the glen.

The final pair is of the Barytes

processing plant located just

above the gate which barrs

entry to the Muirshiel mine


The Garple and Cloak Burn,

tributaries to the Calder, also

powered various types of mill.

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