Walk through Rouken Glen park’s industrial past

ROUKEN Glen park may provide a picturesque scene nowadays, but history buffs are this week delving into its noisy industrial past.

Friends of Rouken Glen are organising a walk this Wednesday which charts the area’s dramatically different landscape in the late 18th century, from coal and limestone mining to early print works and bleaching and dye houses all causing a flurry of activity.

Historian Stuart Nisbet will be also be discussing the importance of the park burn, which was used to power the Newfield cotton mill.

Stuart explained: “A complicated series of water storage dams were built – including the one behind the waterfall, near the pond – to power this industry.

“Water power was particularly favoured since it avoided air pollution, such as soot smuts from chimneys, affecting the nearby textile printin industry.

“The result was that Rouken Glen park became the site of one of the first smoke-free works in Britain”.

More historical snippets will be unveiled on the walk, which leaves from the garden centre at 7pm on Wednesday.

Numbers are restricted as the route is off-path and terrain is difficult, but anyone who wishes to book can call FORG secretary, Steve Edwards, on 842 5272, or text him on 07432526230.