Wha’s like us?; A History of Stonehouse
Wha’s like us? is the first of three large format publications detailing the history of Stonehouse. This book was written as a consequence of the establishment of Stonehouse Heritage Group and the increasing interest in local history and ancestral research. The book takes a fresh look at the ancient and eventful history of the village following Robert Naimsith's book of 1885 and George Wilson's account of the village in 1969. As well as looking at the early origins of Stonehouse the book highlights a number of chapters which provide the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the economic, environmental and social development of the village through the centuries.
Resting in the heart of rural Lanarkshire the village thrived initially as a farming community built around the Christian church established by either Ninian or his fellow missionaries. However it was with the coming of the industrial revolution and the emergence of the weaving trade that Stonehouse prospered. As well as focusing on the weaving industry the book provides illustrated chapters on the Romans and pre-historic sites including the auld kirk graveyard, ancient burial sites and the standing stones between Stonehouse and Glassford. Other chapters include mining, agriculture, transportation, education, religion and the covenanters, the natural environment and historic sites such as the iron age fort at Double Dykes, Cat Castle and several holy wells. This publication also looks at the social development of the community with chapters pertaining to recreational sports, newspaper articles, musical organisations, the war years, the Rex picture house and tales of the supernatural. Lastly the book celebrates some of its more prominent inhabitants that have contributed to the spirit and character of the people who have shaped the village that we know today.
Wha’s like us?; A History of Stonehouse © 1996 ISBN 095273740X
(128 pp illustrated throughout)
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