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Stonebyres Hydro-electric Power Station, Surge Tank

Surge Tower (20th Century)

Site Name Stonebyres Hydro-electric Power Station, Surge Tank

Classification Surge Tower (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Stonebyres Hydroelectric Scheme; River Clyde; Stonebyres Falls; Falls Of Clyde

Canmore ID 255846

Site Number NS84SE 99.02

NGR NS 85056 44178

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council South Lanarkshire
  • Parish Lanark
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Clydesdale
  • Former County Lanarkshire

Archaeology Notes


Field Visit (2010)

This aqueduct runs underground and links the intake from the tilting weir with the penstocks leading into the powerhouse below. At the point where the aqueduct meets the pipeline there is an integrated surge tank. The Falls of Clyde scheme is an important example of the earliest large scale application of hydroelectric power for public supply in Scotland The scheme consist of two powerhouse each with an associated weir operating as run of the river schemes. All elements of the scheme are design cohesively in a modern classical style which was very influential over later developments such as the Rannoch / Tummel scheme. Buchan and Partners, Engineers, Bound plans and sections of Lanarkshire hydro-electric power schemes near Bonnington and near Nemphlar and Stonebyres Falls (1923-1924) NAS Reference, RHP 43551. Clyde Valley Electrical Power Co. 1926; J R Hume, 1976; Archive, Issue 14, 1997; R Paxton and J Shipway, 2007.


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