Thursday, 21 March 2013
Perth and the industrial Revolution
Into the 18th century Perth maintained its traditional income from farming and other crafts such as leatherwork. Along with the Industrial revolution came a flood of new ideas and industries including whiskey and textiles. Water was an essential factor and in Perth the Lade was used to turn the mill wheeels. This small stream which outlines the medieval defences of the burgh survives today often underneath streets and buildings, notably Mill Street. Some of the old mills are still there at Upper and Lower Mill Street. The Georgian period saw the expansion of Perth beyond the Medieval boundry, first to the west with the development of New Row, Leonard Street and the Pomarium. On the Eastern side of the burgh, Perth Bridge by John Smeaton, 1766, was the cause of a great deal of building activity.
This was the first across the Tay at Perth sinsce the old bridge collapsed in 1621. This let to the rethinking of the streets layout with George street cutting through the old settlement to provide a link between High Street and the new bridge.
Text credits to Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust