A book by local historian Alison Dryden, who died in 2009. Published posthumously by Strathblane Heritage Society in November 2012. Paperback, 218 pages, price £8.50. On sale in local outlets and via this page.
From the mid 1800s, the rural parish of Strathblane was undergoing an industrial transformation. The burgeoning printworks and the printworkers' houses dominated the landscape; the building of aqueducts for the Loch Katrine water supply brought many more workers into the village; and the arrival of the railway was proving a boon to the printworks and agricultural trade.
The hundred years that followed saw many changes - the extension of the railway, the closure of the printworks, the deadly realities of war, improvements in living conditions, the gradual demise of farming, and more leisure time to take part in social activities.
By the 1970s, evidence of the village's industrial period had all but disappeared. New housing estates had expanded the village, and there was a brand new primary school and doctor's surgery. The railway had closed, more people owned cars, and commuting from the village to work elsewhere had become the norm.
Today Strathblane, with its dramatic setting along the banks of the Blane Burn at the foot of the Campsie Hills, remains highly popular with walkers and other visitors and is a delightful place to live.
The village already boasts an account of its early days up to the mid 1880s, published by local worthy John Guthrie Smith in 1886. But in 1993, local residents interested in their more recent village heritage put out a call for historical material, and were overwhelmed with the response. With that, Strathblane Heritage Society was born. From the memories and records gathered under the Society's auspices, the author, Alison Dryden has created a compelling social history of the village and its people
You can purchase the book for £8.50 plus £2 postage (U.K.) by clicking below
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You can also purchase a copy from the following places -
- Karra Convenience Store, Blanefield (opposite the Blane Valley pub)
- The Gift Shop, Mugdock Country Park
- Pestle & Mortar delicatessen, Blanefield
- Strathblane Library
- Milngavie Bookshop
You can purchase by mail order by writing with your name, address, number of copies required, and a cheque made payable to "Strathblane Heritage Society" c/o 19 Blane Crescent, Blanefield, Glasgow G63 9HT
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All profits will be used by the Strathblane Heritage Society for local history projects or other charitable purposes.
Alison Dryden lived all her life in the village and was a keen local historian. A founder member of the Strathblane Heritage Society, she worked tirelessly collecting material from local residents, Stirling Council archives and the Mitchell Library, writing up the results of her research, and producing leaflets about various aspects of village history. Sadly she died in 2009, before she could realise her ambition of publishing a book. Finally it has proved possible to bring her work to publication.