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New U-Turn Round at Muirshiel Mine.

Adding some history to the old barytes mine walk.

As part of the Semple Stories Lochwinnoch Glories oral history project you can now hear the oral history from local Harry Pratt who used to work at Muirshiel mine. It is heard on a fantastic new U-Turn Round machine recently installed at the mine. So how does it work? Select your story, turn the dial to provide power and the message plays. There are several stories to hear, listed below:

  1. You’ll do!
  2. What is barytes
  3. Uses of barytes
  4. The best barytes is pure white
  5. They blew the quarry
  6. The whole roof came down!
  7. I drove the shafts
  8. Setting the fuses

It is a added incentive to walk up to the old barytes mine (4km each way) which in itself is a most enjoyable walk through heather moorland.  The pylons which used to run across the landscape have also now been removed, adding to the aesthetics.

You can also read more about the barytes mine here on this Clyde Muirshiel factsheet.

The Semple Stories project has run over the past year or so recording oral histories and local information from volunteers so they are preserved and remembered for future generations. The project was funded by Greater Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Leader and Heritage Lottery Fund.

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