NS4278 : Enclosure around ruin of Spouts

taken 8 years ago, 3 km from Bellsmyre, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Enclosure around ruin of Spouts
Enclosure around ruin of Spouts
The lower half of the photo shows the eastern (the upper) side of the enclosure, visible as a low ridge that is backlit by the winter sun and casting a shadow; it crosses the image horizontally. The photograph was taken near the north-eastern corner of the enclosure (see the end-note for an annotated map), so that part of the northern side is also visible: that ridge begins a little less than halfway up the right-hand side of the photo, and leads directly towards the centre of the photo.

The faint remains of the building (Spouts) cannot themselves be seen in this photo, and are located further down the slope: NS4278 : The ruin of Spouts. In the middle distance, the glen of the Spouts Burn runs from right to left across the centre of the image.

Satellite imagery reveals that the area just outside the eastern (uphill) end of the enclosure has a scoured appearance; there are extensive signs of surface quarrying there (NS4278 : Small-scale limestone quarrying). Many ancient tracks begin in that area and then head eastwards. They are part of a network of tracks associated with the local limestone-burning industry (which flourished in the eighteenth century); see the second of the end-notes for more details.

Further away, a cloud-shaded Carman Hill and neighbouring muirs are visible near the right-hand edge of the image, while the greener area placed more centrally is near Kipperoch Farm. Between them, Carman Reservoir is visible as a small light-blue horizontal feature.

The River Clyde is prominent in the background of the photo.
The ruin of Spouts
As described at LinkExternal link (Canmore), the first-edition OS map (based on surveys in 1860) shows a building called Spouts, which was, even then, listed as a ruin. The building was situated within an enclosure that extends up the slope from the Spouts Burn for a distance of about 140 metres. Only a few scattered stones now mark the site of the building, but the line of the enclosure can still be followed on the ground. See LinkExternal link for an annotated satellite view; the enclosure is indicated by red markers, and the former site of the building by another red marker at the centre of the enclosure.
Network of old limestone industry tracks :: NS4379
A very extensive network of ancient tracks on the moors in West Dunbartonshire links old quarries, ruined lime-kilns, and other sites connected with the local limestone-burning industry, which flourished in the 18th century. See LinkExternal link for a Geograph article about the network, and LinkExternal link for an annotated satellite view of it.
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Date Taken
Friday, 29 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Thursday, 4 February, 2010
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Ruin (from Tags)
Near (from Tags)
The Spouts Burn 
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Carman Reservoir 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4282 7832 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.3239N 4:31.2120W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4284 7832
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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