Brocketsbrae, Devonburn and Dillarburn
These villages are close to one another to the east of Lesmahagow in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.
The main part of Brocketsbrae (Brocketsbrae Road) is to the south of the Lesmahagow to Lanark Road. A road also went on the other side of this road to join the Carlisle Road (old A74 now B7078) near the garage, but when the motorway was built, this road was cut through. So this section of the road is now a cul-de-sac, containing Brocketsbrae Hall and some modern houses.
Brocketsbrae Hall. Date of photo: 17th Feb 2015.
Houses beyond Brocketsbrae Hall. Date of photo: 23rd April 2015.
The next sequence of photos show the houses in the main part of Brocketsbrae Road.
The junction of Brocketsbrae Road with the Lanark road. Date of photo: 11th Sept 2014
Ornamental gate. Date of photo: 23rd April 2015
Above photos taken on the 11th Sept 2014.
Above photo taken on the 28th Feb 2017.
In April 2018, I went back to take more photos of Brocketsbrae as I was aware that there were other photographs I wished to take. There were two very obvious changes. An extra house had been built on the land that was formerly the railway line entering the village. After closure of the raiilway, it was used as an entrance to the fields behind the village and also formed, for many years, the entrance to the Lesmahagow Agricultural Show which was held in those fields. This new house is the third from the right in the photo below. The second change was that the red telephone box had been removed.
Above photo taken on the 25th April 2018.
New house built on space of former railway line. Date of photo: 25th April 2018
Last cottage in Brocketsbrae Road before the hill. The telephone box stood between the two poles. 25th April 2018.
Brocketsbrae station dated from 1866 and was built on the Coalburn Branch of the Caledonian Railway (Source: RailScot). It was called Lesmahagow station from 1869 until 1905, when a new station for Lesmahagow opened nearer the main road through the village. This station then reverted to the name Brocketsbrae. The map below shows the rail line crossing the road with a level crossing leading to a single platform station with a goods yard to its side.
1900s OS map of Brocketsbrae showing raliway station.
Former stationmaster's house. Date of photo: 25th April 2018
Swing park built on site of former station goods yard. Entrance for little people and slim adults? Date of photo: 25th April 2018
It seems likely that the large post shown in the above photograph and the similar one shown next to the former stationmaster's house date back to the time of the station.
The last photos show Eastwood Farm which is near to the main road in Brocketsbrae.
Eastwood Farm. Date of photos: 17th Feb 2015.
View of Brocketsbrae from Dumbraxhill. Date of photo: 25th August 2019.
Brocketsbrae Road. Date of photo: 25th August 2019.
Road from Hawksland to Brocketsbrae (Dumbraxhill). Date of photo: 25th August 2019.
Entry to Devonburn. Date: 12th Feb 2015.
Views from Devonburn looking towards Lesmahagow and the old A74. Date: 29th Sept 2014
Auchren Farm and its cattle. Date: 15th May 2009
Views of Devonburn village. Date: 17th Feb 2015
The Devon burn at Devonburn. Date: 17th Feb 2015
Welcome to Dillarburn. 1st Oct 2014
Dillarburn - approach fom Lesmahagow. 21st March 2015.
Dillarburn - bridge over burn. 21st March 2015.
Dillar burn. 23rd April 2015.
Cottages on road out to Lanark. 23rd April 2015.
Dillarburn approach from Lanark. 21st March 2015.
Dillars Clydesdale Stud Farm and Dillar Hill. 17th April 2009.
Clydesdale Mare and Dillar Hill. 8th May 2009.