NS3977 : The River Leven at Dalquhurn Point

taken 11 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

The River Leven at Dalquhurn Point
The River Leven at Dalquhurn Point
For further comments on the Point itself, see NS3977 : The River Leven at Dalquhurn Point.

On the other side of the river, right of centre among the trees, is a NS3977 : Mound beside the River Leven. When the water level is low, an old embankment can be seen on that side of the river: NS3977 : Old embankment near Dalquhurn Point.
Dalquhurn Point

[dalˠˈhʌɾn] Large loops in the River Leven form two Points: Cordale Point Link to the north, and Dalquhurn Point. Unlike Cordale Point, Dalquhurn Point shows no buildings on OS maps of any period. However, there was a railway line ("Cordale Branch") for a small locomotive, "the Pug", that ran between the Howgate, the nearby Dalquhurn Works, and the Cordale Works; the 1914 OS map shows a branch of that line leading onto Dalquhurn Point; there must therefore have been some industrial activity on the point, even if only something like shallow quarrying or the storage of materials.

Clinker, in this case from the burning of coal, underlies much of the edge of the Point; its angular fragments could serve as a cheap form of track ballast. It is particularly noticeable on the south side of the Point, where it can be seen, in quantity, eroding out of the embankment, but it can also be found on the raised eastern tip of the Point, and in places along the north side, suggesting that it may also have been used to form the embankment, or as infill if the interior of the Point was quarried for sand, as happened in other places nearby (at the southern end of the Dalquhurn works, at Pillanflatt, and at Mains of Cardross Farm).

Mound beside the River Leven

A conspicuous artificial mound beside the River Leven, and shown on early maps, opposite the end of Dalquhurn Point. Of the theories about its origin, a plausible one is that it was built by the occupants of Strathleven House to block the cones (and smoke) of Dumbarton Glassworks (c.17771850) from view; the mound does indeed lie on the line between the house and the former glassworks site. Indistinct remains of a kerb can be seen on the western side of its base.

River Leven (Dunbartonshire)

The River Leven (Uisge Leamhna in Gaelic) is a stretch of water in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, flowing from Loch Lomond in the North to the River Clyde in the South. The total length of the river is approximately 6 miles.

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Thursday, 24 March, 2011   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3961 7787 [10m precision]
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