NS3976 : Structure beside the River Leven

taken 12 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Structure beside the River Leven
Structure beside the River Leven
This small brick structure stands just beside the point where (NS3976 : Whiteleys Burn flows into the River Leven.

It measures about 2.2m wide on the side with the large opening, and about 1.7m in the other direction. There is no access to the lower half; however, the building stands on an area which, in recent centuries, was regularly flooded at high tide, so the base may simply have served to keep the top half above water. Inside the opening, there is only a flat concrete floor (similar to the sloping concrete roof); the pipe that can be seen stuck through the wall at an angle is not now connected to anything inside or outside the building.

There are irregular holes in the brickwork in the upper half of the structure on the two unseen sides (light can be seen shining through one of them); compare a view from a different direction: NS3976 : Structure beside the River Leven.

I have not been able to find any information about the tower, other than what I could observe there for myself, and I can only speculate about its function. In several aspects of its construction, it is similar to a minewatcher's post that I later examined: NS4573 : Minewatchers' Post. Its appearance suggests that it dates from a similar period; compare NS2414 : Old Observation Post. However, the structure seems too cramped for a look-out post, and the view from within is very limited. It is perhaps more likely, then, that the tower was associated with a quarry that is known to have existed in the vicinity of the former Mains of Cardross farm; see NS3976 : Remains of quarry's washing plant. However, this is just a theory.

I consulted various OS maps (1:10560) from the late nineteenth century onwards, and maps of a similar scale from as recently as 1966, but this structure is not shown on any of them. It can be seen from various places on the nearby cycle path, and from the other side of the Leven.
Structure beside the River Leven

A small brick tower; its original purpose is unknown. Details of its construction suggest that it may date from the first half of the twentieth century. One possibility is that it was associated with the then-existing quarry at nearby Mains of Cardross.

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Date Taken
Monday, 10 August, 2009   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 19 August, 2009
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
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River Leven 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3936 7672 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.3936N 4:34.4776W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3937 7672
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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