Lesmahagow, Lanark

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By 1881, the parish of Lesmahagow (or Leshmahagow) was operating almshouses which the census of that year referred to as a parochial lodging house. The establishment was administered by the Parochial Board rather than operating as a statutory poorhouse under the central Board of Supervision.

The pair of almshouses were located at the north of Lesmahagow where Milton meets the Carlisle Road.

Lesmahagow almshouses site, 1897

In 1904, the establishment could accommodate 19 people under the care of a resident matron. The original pair of houses was demolished as part of a road-widening scheme in the 1960s. However, a later group of four almshouses, immediately to the north of the original pair, still survives.



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