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Forth and Clyde Canal: Old Kilpatrick - Linnvale

A Scheduled Monument in Clydebank Waterfront, West Dunbartonshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9106 / 55°54'38"N

Longitude: -4.4328 / 4°25'57"W

OS Eastings: 248034

OS Northings: 671288

OS Grid: NS480712

Mapcode National: GBR 3K.0MDB

Mapcode Global: WH3NS.WPBP

Entry Name: Forth and Clyde Canal: Old Kilpatrick - Linnvale

Scheduled Date: 16 December 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6778

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: inland water

Location: Old Kilpatrick

County: West Dunbartonshire

Electoral Ward: Clydebank Waterfront

Traditional County: Dunbartonshire

Description

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 Old Kilpatrick and the boundary of Clydebank District.

The length of the monument is approximately 3 miles (5 km) and runs from the western edge of Old Kilpatrick (on the west) to a point 600m west of the bascule bridge at Linnvale (on the east). The monument includes the entire length in water together with the banks on either side together with the towing path running along the side. In

addition, the monument includes the following canal structures:

[1] The bascule bridge at Ferrydyke;

[2] Lock 37;

[3] The Dalnottar Burn Aqueduct;

[4] The bascule bridge at Farm Road;

[5] The Duntocher Burn Aqueduct;

[6] The Boquhanran Pend Aqueduct;

[7] The Dalmuir Railway Tunnel Aqueduct;

The monument does not include the Erskine Ferry Road Bridge, or any (modern) fences, walls and piped sections, 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 national 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

Sources

Bibliography

References:

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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