The village of Twechar looking towards the Kilsyth Hills. On the right hand side is the War Memorial, also it is the entrance path that takes you to the remains of the Roman fort at Barhill. On the left hand side of the picture is the Miner's Institute. The village most certainly was born from the mining industry. William Baird & Company was the coal owner, must say I can't find very much good if any to say about them, other than coining the phrase owned body and soul. The mine owners in those days administered terrible hardship on their workforce, men, women and children. They even owned the store which meant that the men and their families had no other option but shop on the premises. Even the pub where the miners would wash down some of the lethal coal dust was owned by the mine owners. I've heard stories of horrendous magnitude concerning the wellbeing of these hard working men and women. Slightly north of this print on the right hand side of the road is the Masonic Lodge building. This site was occupied by miners raws. On one occasion a Twechar man with his family lived in the gable end. The mine owners had decided to employ a new gaffer or henchman. He was told to look round the raws and pick one of them, in those days the raws consisted of a room & kitchen with outside toilets and open drainage, certainly not a five star accommodation. The new gaffer reported back to the company and informed them that he wished to occupy the end raw. The trouble was there was still a family living in there. When the old miner returned from the mine owner's pub, his wife informed him that they were to be out the house by Monday morning, ( This I'm afraid is not fiction, such was the calculated cruelty...).
King of Scotland
Charles 1st 1625-49
The Miners Institute, the building on the far left.
The Miners Welfare, village of Twechar.
C Melvin VC. 2nd Bn Royal
Highlanders Black Watch 21/4/1917
Barhill Masonic Lodge, Twechar. There were two raws situated on this site.
The Forth & Clyde canal is a stone's throw just out of picture on the left hand side.
This is the buttress of the old rail line that carried coal and other raw material across the Forth & Clyde canal, down through the village of Twechar to the main lines. The rail link was also used to bring in pit material for Dumbreck Pit and over the years the same line served Colzium Pit, Currymire and a number of quarries that lay along the east side of Kilsyth Hills.
The burn running from east to west, cuts the village in two. It runs under the
Forth & Clyde canal and the B823 road before joining the River Kelvin.
United Kingdom Monarchs
Edward 8th 1936.
Twechar School on the left hand side of the Burn and the south side of the village on the right.
North side of Twechar Village.
South side of Twechar village.
South side of Twechar village. Barhill skyline left.
J.R.N. Graham 9th Bn. Argyll & Sutherland
Highlanders (Machine Gun Corps 22/4/1917)
This is the old police station, the village of Twechar, now private housing.
Church of Scotland, the village of Twechar.
Church of Scotland, village of Twechar, main entrance.
Village of Twechar.
Village of Twechar.
From the village of Twechar, Kilsyth Hills on skyline.
UK Waste Products, on the north side of the B8023. On the opposite side of the road the Forth & Clyde canal. This site is the former Twechar No 1 pit. It is in direct line with the Clyde Valley that runs from east to the west of Scotland. When this was a working pit miners would often restock their water flasks from the abundance of water that ran down through the gravel bed to near the pit bottom.
Former pit site, Twechar 1. Kilsyth Hills in the background.
Former pit head, Twechar 1, the village of Queenzieburn near distance.
The Forth & Clyde canal and the former Twechar pit No 1. The road bridge crossing the canal in the far distance left hand side of print. This bridge has recently been renewed a few feet away from the original bridge. This is mainly to accommodate the envisaged traffic that will eventually use the Forth & Clyde canal once it has been upgraded.
The bridge directly in front of us bottom of print has now been replaced by the structure on the opposite side which is a temporary road bridge during which time the bridge that has been removed, will be the foundations for the new road bridge.
Temporary bridge, Twechar. The building on the opposite side of the road was once a thriving Co-operative grocery. Pretty near to this area was No 10 pit. This was used by the NCB to train young men entering the pits in the area.
This is the site of the Roman fort at Barhill looking north to the Kilsyth Hills.
Cenotaph, the village of Twechar. The building in the print is the Baptist Church.
A Henderson, M.C.,. VC. 4/2nd Bn
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 23/4/1917
Cenotaph and sign showing the entrance to the footpath that takes
you to the Antonine Wall and the Roman fort at Barhill.
The Baptist Church, village of Twechar.
War Memorial, village of Twechar.
Twechar War Memorial.
Twechar War Memorial.
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