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St Nicholas Parish Church, Lanark
St. Nicholas Parish Church, Lanark.

During medieval and early modern times, the church played an important role in the lives of the people in Lanark. In 1688, as St. Kentigern's church (which dates back to the twelfth century) was becoming a ruin, the Parish Church of St. Nicholas became the main church in Lanark. The Church was originally a medieval chapel during the time of William Braveheart Wallace, and the current building was completed in 1774.

Disagreements in the Church of Scotland resulted in "the Disruption" of 1843. Evidence of these splits exists in Lanark, where there a now a number of church buildings, including St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, which opended in 1859. St. Mary's was later rebuilt (1907) following a fire.

St Nicholas Parish Church, Lanark.
St. Nicholas Parish Church, Lanark.

The nineteenth century saw the improvement of transport links with Glasgow and Edinburgh allowing Lanark to build upon it's position as a market town and, later, a commuter town. Lanark actually escaped the worst of the Industrial Revolution as the area has little in the way of minerals. The primary trades in Lanark as it headed towards the twentieth century were craft trades such as weaving and shoe making, and farming. The latter is still a significant feature of the Lanark area - agricultural markets are still held in the town every Monday.

Early in June is the height of festivities for the Lanark area - a week long festival known as the Laminers. The Lanimer festivities reach their peak with the pageant and the crowning of the Lanimer Queen. This goes back at least as far as 1488, when there is the first recording of the event.

Close by to Lanark is the World Heritage Village of New Lanark, a pioneering development by Robert Owen.

Much more about Lanark's rich history can be found out by visiting Lanark Museum Trust.

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