NS3878 : Former quarry

taken 8 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

This is 1 of 2 images, with title Former quarry in this square
Former quarry
Former quarry
See NS3778 : Former quarry for another view. The present picture is a view from the lower part of the former quarry, looking up the slope that forms its northern edge.

The site now has a fairly dense tree cover, and the ground is very muddy, but it was at or near this spot, at the NS3878 : Black Castle, that a concert was held in October of 1886 to commemorate the official opening of NS3778 : Carman Reservoir (see that link for more details). The audience were seated on the slopes, while the fairly small band occupied a rather cramped fenced-off area down below.

Back then, the area did not have the present tree cover, and the ground was considerably drier; in fact, the summer of 1886 had been particularly dry, with the result that the reservoir was slow to fill, a fact that caused some alarm, and which resulted in postponement of the official opening of the reservoir; it had been intended to hold the ceremony a few months earlier.

Further, although the sides of this former quarry are fairly steep slopes, the manner in which the quarry had been worked ensured that those slopes had numerous small terraces (better seen in another view NS3878 : Former quarry), a fact that made seating the concert's audience easier than it might otherwise have been. This western part of the former quarry is quite narrow, so there is not a great deal of level ground at the bottom (see NS3778 : Former quarry); there was not much room here for the band.

This area is now fairly inaccessible; in this respect, it might be compared with Murroch Glen (NS4178 : The glen of the Murroch Burn), which is just a few miles away; though it would now be considered very much out of the way, the glen was the location of a series of open-air concerts, beginning in June of 1904, and continuing until 1913 [page 162 of "Changing Identities, Ancient Roots" (2006)].
Black Castle :: NS3778

Black Castle is the local name for a large quarry, long disused, and now greatly overgrown, that is located beside the south-eastern extremity of Carman Reservoir.

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Date Taken
Monday, 12 August, 2013   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 17 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Quarrying, Mining  Derelict, Disused  Woodland, Forest 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3806 7865 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.4067N 4:35.7951W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3806 7863
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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