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Newmains Roundabout.jpg
The main roundabout in Newmains, showing the Town War Memorial and the Asda Superstore.
Newmains is located in North Lanarkshire
Location within North Lanarkshire
Population5,329 [1] (2001 Census)
OS grid referenceNS820558
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWISHAW
Postcode districtML2
Dialling code01698
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°47′00″N 3°52′38″W / 55.783234°N 3.877144°W / 55.783234; -3.877144Coordinates: 55°47′00″N 3°52′38″W / 55.783234°N 3.877144°W / 55.783234; -3.877144

Newmains is a village and former mining community on the eastern edge of Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, 18 miles (29 km) south-east of Glasgow. Although it is considered by the local authority to have a town centre in its own right.


The story of all the villages in the area surrounding Newmains and Wishaw is essentially the story of one of the most successful ventures into heavy industry in Scotland. Three iron works, the Omoa Ironworks, the Coltness Iron Company and the Shotts Iron Company comprise the earliest and perhaps the most important concentration of iron and steel manufacture in Scotland.[2]

The Coltness Iron Works was established in 1837 by industrialist, Henry Houldsworth who, foreseeing the gradual demise of the once booming cotton industry, decided to diversify into minerals.[3] On a visit to the Shotts Iron Company in 1836, Henry Houldsworth heard a rumour that the nearby Coltness Estate was to be sold. He lost no time in commissioning a survey which showed a large mineral field on the property. The estate was soon purchased from the trustees of Sir James Steuart Denham enabling the fortuitous establishment of an iron works on a proven mineral field. As well as the 'blackband' ironstone, there were considerable coal seams to be explored which would provide the fuel necessary to feed the furnaces.[4]

Transport problems were solved in 1841 with a rail link to Coatbridge and the business prospered, expanding into Ayrshire with the opening of the Dalmellington Iron Works and sinking several new coal-pits in the area. One reason for its success was the self-contained nature of the company operations, providing its own coal and its own limestone from quarries on the estate. The company also entered the brick-making business both to provide bricks for its own needs and also for sale to a wider market. In 1909 they expanded into Portland Cement manufacture.[5]

The Coltness works survived until very recently as a railway sleeper manufacturing facility for Tarmac, but were demolished in 2004.


In October 2007, a new 24-hour Asda[6] superstore opened in the town. This is the first major supermarket chain to open a store in the town, although for many years the area has been served by SPAR which closed down in the summer of 2010 and Scotmid. The main shopping areas, Manse Road and Main Street, has some shops but not as many as nearby Wishaw or Motherwell. It is now home to only a few local merchants.


Newmains has a public library and Newmains Health Centre with pharmacy, doctors[7][8] and children's dentistry.[9]


Public Transport[edit]

Buses are the only form of public transport in Newmains. Services by First Glasgow (266/267,x11,850,840), JMB Travel(56) and Stuart's, provide bus routes to Wishaw, Motherwell, Hamilton, Blantyre and Glasgow.


The town is located on the junction of the A71 and the A73, which provide road links to most parts of Scotland. The M8 motorway with access to Glasgow and Edinburgh is 4.5 miles (7.2 km) north of the village. And the M74 motorway with access to Glasgow and Carlisle is 7 miles (11 km) west.


The Coltness branch[10] from the West Coast Main Line at Garriongill terminates near the village, but is used only for the transport of coal from the nearby open cast mining facility.


Primary schools[edit]

Newmains is served by three primary schools:

  • Newmains Primary and Nursery[11]
  • St Brigid's Primary[12]
  • Morningside Primary


Newmains has a football club, Newmains Hammers which accommodates various boys club age groups and has two amateur clubs founded in the Summer of 2017 (One Saturday morning team and one Sunday team). Newmains United Community Football Club play in the Central Division Two[13] of the Scottish Junior Football Association. Formed in 2006 their home ground is at Victoria Park, Overtown Road, Newmains. It has a capacity of 2,300. History tells about several teams playing in Newmains, such as: Newmains Thistle, Newmains Shamrock, Newmains Rovers, Newmains, Newmains Victoria, Newmains Juniors. With Newmains Thistle becoming the first ever Junior League champions in 1891-92.

Notable people[edit]

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  1. ^ "Scotland's Census Results Online". Archived from the original on 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2009-05-03..
  2. ^ Hutton, Lewis (1999). Old Newmains and the villages around Wishaw. Catrine, Ayrshire: Stenlake Publishing. p. 3. ISBN 9781840330700.
  3. ^ Carvel, John L. (1948). The Coltness Iron Company. Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable Ltd. p. 11.
  4. ^ Carvel, John L. (1948). The Coltness Iron Company. Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable Ltd. pp. 12–13.
  5. ^ Carvel, John L. (1948). The Coltness Iron Company. Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable Ltd. pp. 2, 3, 4.
  6. ^ "Asda store locator". Retrieved 2009-04-24..
  7. ^ "Drs Dear, Begg and Robertson". Retrieved 2009-04-24.[dead link].
  8. ^ "Dr Majumdar and McGurk". Retrieved 2009-04-24.[dead link].
  9. ^ "Dental Clinic". Retrieved 2009-04-24.[dead link].
  10. ^ "Wishaw and Coltness Railway". Retrieved 2009-04-24..
  11. ^ "Newmains Primary and Nursery". Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-24..
  12. ^ "St Brigid's Primary". Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-24..
  13. ^ "Newmains United Community Football Club". Retrieved 2009-04-24..
  14. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
  15. ^ "World famous chemist Dr I Allan Brownlie". Retrieved 2009-04-24..

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