NS4762 : Embankment at Moredun playing fields

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

Embankment at Moredun playing fields
Embankment at Moredun playing fields
The picture was taken from a NS4762 : Path to Park Avenue. See NS4762 : Embankment at Moredun playing fields for a view from a different angle.

The first-edition OS map, surveyed in 1860, shows this embankment, but it is not clear, from that map alone, why it was created.

In fact, the embankment was created in order to form a curling pond. That pond, now gone, was on the western side of the embankment, in other words, it was in the grassy space shown on the right. That ground is now NS4762 : Moredun playing fields; see that picture for a better view of the former site of the curling pond itself. The pond, though, is not depicted on the 1860 map; rather, it first appears on the 1895 map revision.

That a curling pond had been created here by 1860, despite its absence from the OS map surveyed in that year, is made clear by the information given at LinkExternal link (at the Curling History blog) and LinkExternal link (at Curling Places).

In case one or both of those links should become inactive, it is worth reproducing here the relevant passages from pages 37273 of the second volume of Robert Brown's "History of Paisley" (1886):

"The representatives of the different clubs made choice of a low-lying field on Corsebar farm, in the neighbourhood of Paisley, in which by the formation of an embankment a few feet high on one side a sheet of water extending to about eight acres might be obtained."

The absence of the pond, but not the embankment, from the 1860 map is adequately explained by the next sentence; evidently the pond was simply not visible at the time of year when that map was surveyed:

"During winter the water would be accumulated in the pond, and being run off in summer, the land would be used for raising meadow hay. The Earl of Glasgow, to whom the ground belonged, was applied to for permission to carry out this arrangement; and with his usual generosity and desire to encourage an excellent amusement, his Lordship readily agreed to the request. The opening of the new curling-pond was inaugurated on first January, 1854 ... The greatest depth of water in the curling-pond is little more than three feet, and it is therefore safe from serious accidents. It affords accommodation for at least thirty rinks, and there is a cottage beside it which serves to store the stones and to give shelter to the curlers when required."

If the embankment looks modern, this is because it has been reworked to become part of a modern flood defence scheme; for more on that topic, see another contributor's earlier pictures and comments: NS4762 : Moredun playing fields / NS4762 : Moredun playing fields / NS4762 : Moredun playing fields.
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Saturday, 13 July, 2019   (more nearby)
Thursday, 25 July, 2019
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4730 6208 [10m precision]
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