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Forth and Clyde Canal: Linnvale - Duntreath Avenue

A Scheduled Monument in Clydebank Waterfront, West Dunbartonshire

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Latitude: 55.9007 / 55°54'2"N

Longitude: -4.3848 / 4°23'5"W

OS Eastings: 250991

OS Northings: 670075

OS Grid: NS509700

Mapcode National: GBR 3M.1694

Mapcode Global: WH3NT.MY6C

Entry Name: Forth and Clyde Canal: Linnvale - Duntreath Avenue

Scheduled Date: 22 April 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6777

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: inland water

Location: New Kilpatrick

County: West Dunbartonshire

Electoral Ward: Clydebank Waterfront

Traditional County: Dunbartonshire


The monument comprises that length of inland waterway forming part of the Forth and Clyde Canal falling within the boundary of the civil parish of New Kilpatrick and the boundary of Clydebank District.

The length of the monument is approximately 1/2 mile (800 m) and runs from a point 600 m west of the bascule bridge at Linnvale (on the west) to a point 200 m west of Duntreath Avenue (on the east). The monument includes the entire length in water together with the banks on either side and the towing path running along one side. In

addition, the monument includes the following canal structure:

(1) The bascule bridge at Linnvale.

The monument does not include any (modern) fences or walls but does include an area to either side of the area in water in which traces of activities associated with its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because, as an integral part of the Forth and Clyde Canal, it is a superlative example of Georgian civil engineering. It was the first of Scotland's great inland waterways to be constructed (between 1768 and 1790) and even at the time of its opening in the 1770s it was christened 'The Great Canal', a recognition of its undoubted importance even then. The particular stretch of canal covered by this scheduling was part of a scheme to extend the canal westward from its original western terminus at Stockingfield, in Glasgow. The engineer was Robert Whitworth.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland




Hume, J. (1976) The Industrial Archaeology of Scotland: The Lowlands and Borders.

Lindsay, J. (1968) The Canals of Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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