NS4075 : Former site of a mill dam in Silverton

taken 10 months ago, near to Bellsmyre, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Former site of a mill dam in Silverton
Former site of a mill dam in Silverton
The view is from the northeastern end of Lennox Road. The large grassy space ahead is divided unequally by the footpath shown here (see NS4075 : Former site of a mill dam in Silverton for a view from there, looking to the left or northwest). The smaller part, on the right, contains a play area.

Much of that whole grassy expanse was once the site of a mill dam. The body of water is shown but not named on the first-edition map (surveyed 186061), bisected by the Parliamentary Boundary: LinkExternal link

The 189697 map revision LinkExternal link labels it a "dam", and shows a sluice at its northwestern end, as does the 1914 map revision LinkExternal link which labels it "Mill Dam". The 1937 map revision LinkExternal link shows the former site of the dam with the same outline, but containing marshy ground rather than water. By that time, the housing that is presently (2020) to the south and west of this area was in place.

Note, on the 1914 map revision, the "Crosslet Path" that approached the dam from the west. The 1937 revision shows part of that path running along what had been the southwestern perimeter of the dam, although the section of path approaching from the west had by then been realigned on account of the building of houses.

As should be clear from, in particular, the 1937 map, the mill dam did not occupy all of the area now covered in grass. It occupied about half of that space. Only one lobe of the dam extended out of what is now grass, reaching roughly to what is now a house about 60 metres NNE of the centre of the play area. In relation to the present photograph, that is the house just to the right of the far end of the footpath, seen with a black bin directly in front of it.

The mill served by the mill dam was, I can only guess, the one labelled "Dumbarton Mill (grain)" on the first-edition map. On the way, it passed a "rope and sailcloth factory", with a conspicuously long "rope walk". In terms of modern structures, the old mill was located at Strathleven Place, somewhere around NS40067551. At present, the most noticeable feature there is a short path between buildings, much used by people going between the main road (Strathleven Place / Bonhill Road) and St James Retail Park; it is shown in NS4075 : Path to Bonhill Road. Part of the burn itself remains open, and can be seen running SSW from the location just mentioned: NS4075 : The Knowle Burn.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 24 December, 2019   (more nearby)
Saturday, 8 February, 2020
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  Historic sites and artefacts 
Former (from Tags)
Mill Dam 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4083 7544 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.7336N 4:33.0210W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4079 7537
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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