NS4276 : The Overtoun Burn

taken 2 months ago, near to Bellsmyre, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

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The Overtoun Burn
The Overtoun Burn
This is a view downstream from a small footbridge over the burn; see NS4276 : The channel of the Overtoun Burn for a view in the opposite direction from the same place.

The modifications made to the part shown in the present picture probably date from the late nineteenth century; see the footnote for further comments. The pond that served as a dam for that hydro-electric scheme is nearby: NS4276 : Former dam and lily pond.
Overtoun House hydro-electric scheme
This was one of the earliest examples of a hydro-electric scheme producing power for domestic use: in around 1892, the occupant of Overtoun House, John Campbell White (soon to be created Lord Overtoun), had a turbine house built to provide electricity for his home. See Link for more on Overtoun House. The ruins of the turbine house are located beside a waterfall called Spardie Linn Link on the course of the Overtoun Burn. Water was impounded further up the burn in a dam, which doubled as an ornamental lily pond. The dam is fed by the Overtoun Burn, whose channel, just upstream of the pond, can be seen to have been artificially straightened; the remains of a sluice gate are visible there.
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NS4276, 211 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Friday, 2 August, 2019   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 7 August, 2019
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
Primary Subject of Photo
Stream 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4251 7644 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.3054N 4:31.4438W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4251 7645
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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