Historian investigates the 'lost village' of Garscadden (Scotland)Historians in the News
The 19th century mining locale - which once boasted a school, a shop and its own church - was the proud home a thriving community of 650 people, with as many as 14 crammed into one home.
The location of the former mining village now hosts a council refuse depot. Eric Flack is a local historian who is now trying to piece together the past of Garscadden.
He said: "There were five rows and each row contained 20 houses. These people were employed as iron stone miners, although they were digging out coal.
"The conditions were very primitive. You had to pay for your own tools and get your tools sharpened."
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Kenneth Chapman Ronald - 12/2/2009
There are many such "lost" mining villages in Scotland.Many were "company" towns and villages controlled by the mining companies. Many mining companies were portrayed as "bad employees" to suit various political and other interests. Mining companies provided cheap housing, fuel, schooling, doctor, tools and often company stores. These were paid for through miners wages. However around late 1872 and early 1873 miners could earn 8 shillings per shift. Thats equivalent to more than £100 in todays money. Many old mining families like mine have gold pocket fob watches and jewellery from mining ancestors.Fascinating to see these school kids with no shoes!!