A town with a river,
or even a stream, always
seems a more pleasant place because of it's presence. The Brothock was a blessing on the town's mills from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries and indeed her modest volume had been dammed as early as 1457 to form the Mawkin Pool. Her water is drawn from various tributaries - Denside Burn, Swirl Burn, Denmark Burn, Colliston Burn, Magungie Burn & within Arbroath's own boundaries Hercules Den Burn, which joins it between Kirkton & Warddykes. Industrial growth, however, engulfed her fair banks and even today, despite being freed from most of her labours, she's often hidden behind or under factories, houses, a supermarket & it's car park & perhaps just too many walls. It's an expensive art of course - combining urban reality ( & flood protection) with beauty, but when you do find her, have a listen to her quiet voice - she may tell you that given just a wee bit more elbow room, & if she was clothed here & there with a tree lined path, she could perhaps make 21st century Arbroath sparkle a fair bit more !
The course of the Brothock
through the town in 1822,
it's waters diverted to suit mill demands
On this map,
was an eastern extension of Millgate forecast to cross the Brothock & reach Kirk Square ?
(above) In 1822 the Brothock reached the
North Sea directly after passing the harbour
....The Brothock finds a little space once
past the 'Alma' homes & offers us a refreshing view from Burnside Drive.
Weaver's Close homes are on the left, with the bus station to the right.....