New Lanark is a World Heritage Site set in native Scottish woodland next to the River Clyde, here in South Lanarkshire. This Cotton mill village was founded in the 18th century and and has been thoroughly documented with a digitised survey of all the buildings – you can read more about it here. It doesn’t need ‘Drawing the Street’ to record it! However, the interiors are irresistible to draw!
They are full of objects that remind me of my earliest childhood … some from our ‘old house’ and others from our neighbours in York which held hand-me-downs from generations before. Take for example the table above. This could have been Mum’s kitchen table in the mid-sixties. However, I’m not that old….the sketch below is of the Millworker’s House of the 1820’s.
We often go up to New Lanark to walk in the wildlife reserve or to see the Falls of Clyde, once visited and painted by Turner. However, it was when my American family came to visit last year that we did the tour inside and around the mill including the workers’ accommodation and Robert Owen’s House .
I managed to take a few photos knowing that I wanted to sketch some of them later. I only get to notice things when I sketch such as this mouse and the clay pipes tucked behind the packs of tobacco. All reconstructed but still appealing.
Hope you enjoy this inside view of just a few of the sights within these magnificent buildings. It’s a fascinating destination in a beautiful location – well worth a visit.
Thanks for reading,
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It would be a real treat for me to enter one of these dwellings. Where do l get permission.?
Hi Barbara, You can get tickets from the visitor centre at New Lanark, here’s the link 🙂 you get to see around a lot of the old mill and the dwellings. Thanks for reading my post! Best wishes Ronnie
Love the colours, shade and the stories, and I found the mouse
Yessss! Gold star Bernard!!! And thank you! Discovered that the wooden block with six holes in it and some wire things is a mouse trap. Glad that this one got away! Ronnie