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Age of Industry

Join us in September as we explore the age of industry...

Charlestown limekilns - Harbour Road, Limekilns, Fife

As you approach Charlestown limekilns, you spy a masonry structure of impressive scale and quality. But it is not a fine house nor a temple to textile wealth, but part of an 18th century industrial complex begun in the late 1750s to maximise the limestone, lime and coal production of the local landowner of the time, Charles Bruce, the 5th Earl of Elgin after whom the village and lime kilns are named. The limekilns at Charlestown were once the largest in Scotland and may arguably have been part of one of the biggest complexes of its kind in the UK. It produced one of the most important commodities of the 18th and 19th centuries in Scotland - lime.

Wilsontown 18th century Ironworks – near Forth, South Lanarkshire

Lanarkshire’s proud heritage of iron and steel manufacture all began on a wild muir. From a chance finding of ironstone in the banks of a burn when on a shooting expedition an idea grew. This led to establishing the first Ironworks in Lanarkshire and the second in Scotland to use coke as fuel instead of charcoal.