Douglas Water

A series of images of Douglas Water, South Lanarkshire and its surroundings.

The village of Douglas Water (or Ponfeigh) in South Lanarkshire grew as a mining village for the local Douglas Colliery. It had a school, cinema, shops (including its own Co-op), junior football teams, a bowling green and its own railway station (Ponfeigh) with a branch to Douglas Colliery.

Mining subsidence around the mine resulted in many of the miners' rows having to be demolished in the 1950s. The colliery declined and was eventually closed in 1967 following a fire. It was knocked down along with 100s of houses.

After the end of deep mining, open-cast mining started at nearby Broken Cross, but that has now ended.

Welcome to Douglas Water from the South via Rigside

Welcome to Douglas Water from the South via Rigside. 21st September 2019.

The village of Douglas Water with the Welcome sign from the North.

The village of Douglas Water with the Welcome sign from the North. The sign is currently redundant as you cannot reach the village as Ponfeigh Bridge is closed. 21st September 2019.

Ponfeigh Bridge.

Ponfeigh Bridge over the river Douglas Water. It was declared unsafe and closed in April 2016. South Lanarkshire Council have agreed funds to have a new steel bridge built which is expected to be completed in 2020/21. Date of photo: 21st September 2019. Apparently, work started on the new bridge in the week after this photo was taken.

Ponfeigh Bridge after work started.

View of state of work on Ponfeigh Bridge on 20th October 2019.

Another view of the village..

Another view of the village. 21st September 2019.

The junction of Rigside Road and Salisbury Place.

The junction of Rigside Road and Salisbury Place. 21st September 2019.

Macauslan Terrace.

Macauslan Terrace, Douglas Water. 21st September 2019.

Loudon Pond Nature Reserve.

Loudon Pond Nature Reserve. Date of Photo: 21st September 2019

This was the site of the former Douglas Colliery and its nearest housing scheme. The mine workings were flooded and linked up with Douglas Water to form a wide pond. The Loudon Pond and Ponfeigh Glen Association was formed to improve and nuture this area. .

Access path to Nature Reserve.

Access path to Loudon Pond Nature Reserve. This was formerly Carmichael Street, the road of miners rows that lead to Douglas Colliery. Date of photo: 21st September 2019

Access path to Nature Reserve.

Douglas Water and Loudon Pond Nature Reserve. Photographed from Eastertown Road. Date of photo: 20th October 2019

Folkerton Mill

Folkerton Mill

Folkerton Mill. 21st September 2019.

Closer view of water wheel.

Closer view of water wheel. 21st September 2019.

Sign at entrance gate.

Sign at entrance gate. 21st September 2019

Poniel Water at Folkerton Mill.

Poniel Water at Folkerton Mill. 21st September 2019

Broken Cross

Broken Cross was an open cast mine on top of a hill and left a scarred landscape when mining came to an end. The area is being developed for alternative use including wind generation, warehousing and open storage areas. Currently it is being used by Wren Kitchens as a distribution centre and Blackwell Plant for storage of plant vehicles. The site has convenient access to and from the M74 at Junction 11 and is being marketed together with Poniel and Happendon for business development.

Entrance to Broken Cross site.

Entrance to Broken Cross site. 21st September 2019

Sign at entrance

Sign at entrance. 21st September 2019.

Sandilands

Sandilands is a hamlet east of Douglas Water and had a station on the Douglas to Lanark railway line. It has the last bridge over the river Douglas Water before it joins up with the Clyde.

Road into Sandilands from the A70 beyond Rigside.

Road into Sandilands from the A70 beyond Rigside. 20th October 2019

Station House.

Station House.

The site of the former Sandilands railway station. The embankment on the left and the buttress on the right of the road supported a bridge carrying the line into Sandilands Station to the right of the cottage. The cottage, now Station House, dates from 1856 and was the stationmaster´s house. It is now a B & B.
Douglasmouth Bridge can be seen in the distance. Date of photos: 20th October 2019

The site of Sandilands Station Yard.

The site of Sandilands Station Yard behind Station House. Date of photo: 20th October 2019

Douglasmouth Bridge and Harperfield Lodge.

Douglasmouth Bridge and Harperfield Lodge. The Chalet in the garden is a holiday let. Date of photo: 20th October 2019

View over Douglasmouth Bridge to Harperfield Lodge.

View over bridge to Harperfield Lodge. Date of photo: 20th October 2019

Douglas Water downstream from the bridge.

Douglas Water downstream from the bridge. This joins up with the Clyde just out of sight of this photo. Date of photo: 20th October 2019

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