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Harking back again to last winter when we had heavy snowfalls at the beginning of December (2010), this was taken in the conservation village of New Lanark one early evening.

Robert Owen, a Welshman and later colleague of Richard Arkwright, the inventor of the spinning frame, did much to develop the cloth trade in north-west England. Owen travelled north and, during a visit to the Glasgow area, fell in love with Caroline Dale, daughter of the proprietor, David Dale, of a new spinning and weaving mill at New Lanark. Not only did he marry Dale's daughter but he also did much to develop the site in New Lanark and was also responsible for social reform, making certain that his workers had fair pay, good nutrition and satisfactory living conditions.

Once again, you can read more about Robert Owen and New Lanark on the wonderful "Undiscovered Scotland" website here and here.

New Lanark is now a heritage centre and well worth a visit. The houses, originally built for workers at the mills and now restored, are much sought after as prime accommodation for local workers and commuters to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

This is a little alleyway on the periphery of New Lanark, just beside the Old Dye Works, part of which is now used as a centre for the Scottish Wildlife Trust who do much to protect, amongst other species, families of peregrine falcons who regularly nest near here in the cliffs beside the Falls of Clyde.

Shot in RAW with a long (20 sec.) exposure and converted and edited in PSE6.

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