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Leadhills

Period:
20th Century
Description:

This postcard shows a view of Leadhills, with the village set amid the landscape.  The caption is "Leadhills: The Pure Mountain Air and the Charming Situation of Leadhills Attract Visitors from Far and Near".

 

Taken from "A Photographic Record of a Holiday in Dumfriesshire & Kirkcudbrightshire (with one or two views outside) August 1937".  This photograph album was compiled by H D Hewitt, 9th January 1938.

 

There is evidence of mining for lead ore or galena around Wanlockhead and Leadhills in the Lowther Hills since the Middle Ages. At that time lead was being exported to Holland and Belgium for use in the production of lead glazed pottery. This area, rich in both lead and precious metals, developed into the centre of the Scottish lead mining industry. More lead mines were opened across the region from the late 18th to the mid 19th Centuries. The lead mines of Dumfriesshire and Galloway were the source of almost all Scottish lead production.

Place of Production:
Leadhills, Lanarkshire
Materials/Media:
paper
Dimensions:
height 91mm, width 140mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1980.50
Digital Number:
DMPG038n
Creation Date:
Aug-37
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council