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General view from SW

SC 754985

Description General view from SW

Date 13/6/2002

Catalogue Number SC 754985

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of E 32530 CN

Scope and Content David Dale's House, Nos 5-7 Rosedale Street, New Lanark, South Lanarkshire, from south-west This shows David Dale's House, which was built in the late 18th century. The two-storeyed and attic house has a pair of single-storeyed wings which have piended (hipped) roofs. The lawn, enclosed by a stone wall and cast-iron railings, was used in the mid-20th century as a garden where fruit and vegetables were grown. This was probably the original use for this area and it is likely that the produce grown would have been eaten by the mill owners or sold in the village shop. This house was built as the summer residence for David Dale, who had his main house in Charlotte Street, Glasgow. It is thought that Robert Owen extended this building in the early 19th century to accommodate his family. The house has mainly been lived in by managers of the mills and was restored in the late 20th century. It is now used as an office. New Lanark was founded c.1785 by David Dale (1739-1806), a Glasgow merchant, and Richard Arkwright (1732-92), inventor of a water-frame for cotton spinning. Powered by water flowing from the Falls of Clyde the first cotton mill opened in 1786 and by 1799 the complex was the largest of its kind in Scotland. Robert Owen (1771-1858), who was married to David Dale's daughter, was one of a group who bought the mills in 1800. He transformed them into a model industrial community with good working conditions, houses, a non-profit store, a school and an institute for workers. Owen's partners bought the mills in 1828 and operated them until 1881 when another partnership took over. The Gourock Ropework Company ran the site until 1968 which is now mainly under the care of the New Lanark Conservation Trust (founded 1974-5). New Lanark was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

External Reference Original: E32530/CN


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