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Camlachie Burn

A stream of E Glasgow, the Camlachie Burn is a notable waterway in the city, although it is mostly hidden in culverts. It rises in Wellhouse, possibly associated with a spring at St. Mark's Well, and flows west through Barlanark and Springboig, to the north of Shettleston and next to Carntyne Station. It continues west, passing along the northern margin of Parkhead to reach Camlachie. In the 19th C., the Camlachie Burn provided water to the Parkhead Forge, Netherfield Chemical Works, Camlachie Forge, Whitevale Chemical Works, a brick-works and a pottery, as well as driving several cotton mills. The burn splits at Camlachie, with the main branch proceeding west southwest to pass under Glasgow Green and fall into the River Clyde. A secondary branch flows south to Barrowfield, where it also splits, with one branch falling into the Clyde near the former Dalmarnock Dye Works, while the other enters the river upstream at the Cuningar Loop. The Camlachie Burn has been responsible for serious flooding in the East End of Glasgow during the 1990s and a flood alleviation scheme was undertaken which included a new drainage pipe installed in 2010 under the site of the Athletes' Village being constructed for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games of 2014. The main stream stretches for 4½ miles (7 km).


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