SAW MILL, AROS PARK
Information collected from the “Description And Particulars of Aros Park” 1873, states that the grounds of the park which extended to about 600 acres were beautifully wooded. Consisted of all the usual varieties of hard wood and pines, planted in 1825-26 and were thriving, and “There is a new and powerful Saw-mill with water power close to the private pier”
Uses suggested to Alexander Allan by J.W.Holmes of the Union Bank of Scotland, in a letter dated 10th August 1872 included wood for railway sleepers, prop wood for mining operations, use on farms, and fencing on the estate.
Because of the developing industries i.e. shipbuilding, and railways wood was a very valuable commodity, and therefore the woods on the Aros Estate were valued in 1873 at £20,000.
I do not know at this time if any of the proposed uses of the wood were carried out. However information I have gathered from former workers on the estate, who worked there from 1926, told of a lot of heavy timber being removed from the estate and shipped from the private pier to the saw-mills in Glasgow.
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