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Newmains Roundabout.jpg
Grid reference: NS820558
Location: 55°46’60"N, 3°52’38"W
Population: 5,329  (2001[1])
Post town: Wishaw
Postcode: ML2
Local Government
Council: North Lanarkshire
Airdrie and Shotts

Newmains is a village and former mining community on the eastern edge of Wishaw, Lanarkshire, 18 miles south-east of Glasgow. Although it is considered by the local authority to have a town centre in its own right, it is often considered to be a part of Wishaw.


The story of all the villages in the area surrounding Newmains and Wishaw is essentially the story of one of the most successful ventures into heavy industry in Scotland. Three iron works, the Omoa Ironworks, the Coltness Iron Company and the Shotts Iron Company comprise the earliest and perhaps the most important concentration of iron and steel manufacture in Scotland.[2]

The Coltness Iron Works was established in 1837 by industrialist, Henry Houldsworth who, foreseeing the gradual demise of the once booming cotton industry, decided to diversify into minerals.[3] On a visit to the Shotts Iron Company in 1836, Henry Houldsworth heard a rumour that the nearby Coltness Estate was to be sold. He lost no time in commissioning a survey which showed a large mineral field on the property. The estate was soon purchased from the trustees of Sir James Steuart Denham enabling the fortuitous establishment of an iron works on a proven mineral field. As well as the 'blackband' ironstone, there were considerable coal seams to be explored which would provide the fuel necessary to feed the furnaces.[4]

Transport problems were solved in 1841 with a rail link to Coatbridge and the business prospered, expanding into Ayrshire with the opening of the Dalmellington Iron Works and sinking several new coal-pits in the area. One reason for its success was the self-contained nature of the company operations, providing its own coal and its own limestone from quarries on the estate. The company also entered the brick-making business both to provide bricks for its own needs and also for sale to a wider market. In 1909 they expanded into Portland Cement manufacture.[5]

The Coltness works survived until very recently as a railway sleeper manufacturing facility for Tarmac, but were demolished in 2004.


Newmains has a public library and Newmains Health Centre with pharmacy, doctors and children's dentistry.


Public Transport

Buses are the only form of public transport in Newmains. Services are provided to Wishaw, Motherwell, Hamilton, Blantyre and Glasgow.


The town is located on the junction of the A71 and the A73 roads. The M8 motorway with access to Glasgow and Edinburgh is under five miles to the north. The M74 motorway with access to Glasgow and Carlisle and all points further south is seven miles west.


The Coltness branch[6] from the West Coast Main Line at Garriongill terminates near the village, but is used only for the transport of coal from the nearby open cast mining facility.


Newmains United Community Football Club play in the Scottish Junior Football Association.[7] Formed in 2006 their home ground is at Victoria Park, Overtown Road, Newmains. It has a capacity of 2,300. History tells about several teams playing in Newmains, such as: Newmains Thistle, Newmains Shamrock, Newmains Rovers, Newmains, Newmains Victoria, Newmains Juniors. With Newmains Thistle becoming the first ever Junior League champions in 1891-92.

Notable people

  • Andrew Wilson - Scottish international footballer, who made over 250 appearances for Chelsea and managed Walsall.
  • Dr I Allan Brownlie - chemist who simplified the process and cost of fertiliser production, which was patented in 28 countries.[8]
  • Lewis Macleod - Footballer for Rangers and Brentford.
  • Tom Sharp - Former footballer for Brentford.


  1. "Scotland's Census Results Online". Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  2. Hutton, Lewis (1999). Old Newmains and the villages around Wishaw. Catrine, Ayrshire: Stenlake Publishing. p. 3. ISBN 9781840330700. 
  3. Carvel, John L. (1948). The Coltness Iron Company. Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable Ltd.. p. 11. 
  4. Carvel, John L. (1948). The Coltness Iron Company. Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable Ltd.. pp. 12–13. 
  5. Carvel, John L. (1948). The Coltness Iron Company. Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable Ltd.. pp. 2, 3, 4. 
  6. "Wishaw and Coltness Railway". Retrieved 2009-04-24. .
  7. "Newmains United Community Football Club". Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  8. "World famous chemist Dr I Allan Brownlie". Retrieved 2009-04-24. .

Outside links

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about Newmains)