NS4762 : Moredun playing fields

taken 2 months ago, near to Glenburn, Renfrewshire, Great Britain

This is 1 of 4 images, with title Moredun playing fields in this square
Moredun playing fields
Moredun playing fields
The wooded area in the background is named Donald's Wood on OS maps from 1895 onwards. On the first-edition map (1860), that area is not named, but it contains what looks, on the map, like a disused quarry, though it is not labelled as such.

By the time the first-edition OS map was surveyed (1860), there was a Blacklandmill Cottage in the area near the present-day Donald's Wood. Roy's Military Survey (c.1740s50s) shows Blackneymill there, and the still earlier Blaeu map (1654, but based on earlier surveys c.1600) of Renfrew shows "Blacklin mil", a form closer to the one employed on the 1860 map. Nearby, on the Blaeu map, is "Busses" ("Bushes" on Roy's map).

Note the embankment on the left in the photograph. I had not planned to cross the playing fields on this occasion, but the embankment drew my attention. That embankment was already present when the 1860 OS map was surveyed, and it is shown on that map. It was created in order to form a curling pond that occupied much of the level ground shown in the picture. As explained elsewhere (see NS4762 : Embankment at Moredun playing fields for a detailed discussion, and for references), the curling pond was only present in the winter months; it seems that it was not apparent when the first-edition map was surveyed in 1860. That map does not show any curling pond here; it does show the embankment, but with nothing nearby to account for its presence. The curling pond is depicted on later maps (1895 onwards).

On the other side of the embankment, OS maps of 1860 and later show the Blacklandmill Bleach Works, "two extensive ranges of buildings exclusively for the bleaching of white muslin fabrics; Adam Hamilton & Sons proprietors and occupiers" [OS Name Books]. The Blacklandmill Cottage mentioned above was occupied by the Adam Hamilton who ran those works.

The embankment looks recent because it has been reworked to form part of a flood prevention scheme. As the map shows, the Espedair Burn flows along its other side.

For earlier views of the playing fields, see, for example: NS4762 : Moredun playing fields / NS4762 : Moredun Pavilion / NS4762 : Moredun playing fields / NS4762 : Moredun playing fields.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 13 July, 2019   (more nearby)
Thursday, 25 July, 2019
Geographical Context
Sport, Leisure 
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Playing Field 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4728 6207 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:49.6581N 4:26.3778W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4725 6212
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