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Dens Burn


(Butter Burn)

A once-important stream in Dundee, the Dens Burn is now hidden in culverts for the entirety of its course. It flows southeast from Glenogle Terrace and passes Coldside, where it was known as the Butter Burn and gave its name to a district of the same name. It then follows Dens Road and runs between St. Roque's Lane and Dens Street, before crossing East Dock Street and falling into the Victoria Dock of Dundee Harbour, having completed a course of 2 miles (3 km). The Dens Burn once provided power for several of the textile mills which brought prosperity to the city, including Baxter Brothers' Dens Works which was the world's largest linen manufactory from c.1840, supplying sailcloth to the Admiralty. The stream continues to represent a flood risk.


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