NS9555 : Bell pit, Wilsontown

taken 12 years ago, near to Rootpark, South Lanarkshire, Great Britain

Bell pit, Wilsontown
Bell pit, Wilsontown
The woods around Wilsontown and Forth in Lanarkshire cover a lost industrial landscape. Before the railways the iron ore and coal here led to Scotland's first integrated iron works. Sadly the isolation restricted growth and by the time the railway arrived the industrial revolution had moved on. The forest is full of these depressions which were coal pits accessing seams near the surface. The remaining coal is now being extracted by opencast methods to the north.
Since this was taken, much of the woodland has been removed from the industrial area and an opencast mine opened to the south.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 11 May, 2006   (more nearby)
Friday, 12 May, 2006
Industrial heritage > Industrial heritage   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 955 552 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:46.7275N 3:40.0587W
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