NS4276 : Former dam and lily pond

near to Bellsmyre, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Former dam and lily pond
Former dam and lily pond
This pond, which has a small island at its northern end, is now so choked with vegetation that it is hard to recognize it for what it is.

Before 1892, there was no pond here; as early OS maps confirm, this was merely the location of some bends in the course of the Overtoun Burn. However, at that time, a dam was formed here (the OS map of 1898 labels it as such); the Overtoun Burn nows flows past the western side of the pool, running along what is clearly an artificial, straight channel.

The dam was built as part of a hydro-electric scheme to provide electricity for NS4276 : Overtoun House. The turbine house itself was located further downstream (NS4276 : Remains of a turbine house), beside a small waterfall called NS4276 : Spardie Linn.

The dam also doubled in an ornamental role as a lily pond.
Overtoun House hydro-electric scheme
This was one of the earliest examples of a hydro-electric scheme producing power for domestic use: in around 1892, the occupant of Overtoun House, John Campbell White (soon to be created Lord Overtoun), had a turbine house built to provide electricity for his home. See LinkExternal link for more on Overtoun House. The ruins of the turbine house are located beside a waterfall called Spardie Linn LinkExternal link on the course of the Overtoun Burn. Water was impounded further up the burn in a dam, which doubled as an ornamental lily pond. The dam is fed by the Overtoun Burn, whose channel, just upstream of the pond, can be seen to have been artificially straightened; the remains of a sluice gate are visible there.
Overtoun House Nature Trail :: NS4175
Locally, the woodland walks within the Overtoun Estate are still collectively known as "the Nature Trail", in memory of the fact that they used to be laid out as a nature trail with numbered marker posts (the Nature Trail officially opened on the 26th of April 1980). New waymarkers were added, both here and in the adjacent Lang Craigs Woodland ( LinkExternal link ), in May 2015. For more on the Nature Trail, see Overtoun House: LinkExternal link
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Friday, 28 October, 2011   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 27 November, 2011
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Derelict, Disused  Water resources 
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Overtoun House 
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Lily Pond  Dam 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4254 7649 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.3329N 4:31.4167W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4253 7646
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