View of New Lanark c.1820.
This is a view by Robert Winning c.1820 of New Lanark. It shows four Mills. On top of what is the hotel is the bell which was going to be taken by a group of Highlanders to America. However storm bound at Greenock, they were recruited by David Dale. This explains why one of the rows is known as Caithness Row.
The Mills were prone to catch fire and every mill did catch fire. One of them that caught fire in 1883, Mill four, was never rebuilt. Mill 3 where the cafe is situated was rebuilt in such a way as to employ iron and cement to stop the mill being burnt again. This mill is of great interest to students of architecture as it is the first example of a fire proof building in the world.