Quarter, South Lanarkshire

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Quarter is a village in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, on the hill above the Clyde Valley.

History[edit]

Francis Groome described the village in 1884-4 thus:

"Quarter Ironworks and Darngaber, a conjoint village in Hamilton parish, Lanarkshire, 3 miles S of Hamilton town and ½ mile ENE of Quarter Road station on the Strathaven branch of the Caledonian railway. It has a post office (Quarter) under Hamilton, an Established chapel of ease, a public school, and iron-works with five blast furnaces. The chapel of ease is an Early Decorated edifice of 1884, containing 430 sittings. Pop. (1871) 544, (1881) 886.—Ord. Sur., sh. 23, 1865."[1]

Coal Mine[edit]

The coal mine at Quarter belonged to the Duke of Hamilton. On 16 March 1841 there was a fatal accident arising because of an underground explosion. The seven workers (one a boy) underground at the time died instantaneously. Four other workers died while trying to rescue them.[2] In his teens the labour activist Keir Hardie worked as a pony driver and then as a Hewer here..[3]

Ironworks[edit]

The Quarter Ironworks were established in 1865 and remained open until 1885. In 1880 they had 5 blast furnaces.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Quarter Lanarkshire". A Vision of Britain through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Quarter 16th March 1841". Scottish Mining Website. Scottish Mining Website. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  3. ^ William Stewart, J. Keir Hardie: A Biography. Revised Second Edition. London: Independent Labour Party Publication Department, 1925; pgs. 7-8.
  4. ^ "Lanarkshire Iron Works". Grace's Guide. Grace's Guide. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 

Coordinates: 55°44′N 4°02′W / 55.733°N 4.033°W / 55.733; -4.033