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Perth and Kinross

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A planned industrial village sited on a dramatic bend of the River Tay in Perth and Kinross, Stanley lies 5 miles (8 km) north of Perth. It was founded next to an old corn mill by George Dempster of Dunnichen and laid out in a grid pattern by James Stobie, factor to the Duke of Atholl in 1784. The adjacent Stanley Mills, which operated between 1784 and 1850, were in their time the largest industrial complex in Scotland. The first of these great cotton mills, Bell Mill, was designed by Richard Arkwright and completed in 1790. Drawing water power from the Tay through and 243m (800-foot) tunnel, two other mills, East Mill and Mid Mill, formed additional massive ranges and the settlement of Stanley provided housing for the mill workers. The mill buildings were restored in 1995. Stanley is named after Lady Amelia Stanley, wife of the 1st Marquis of Atholl.

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