West Port, Lanark is the sixth drawing in my Lanark street series. Lanark had four town gates: West Port, East Port, Wellgate and Castlegate. The gate that once stood at West Port has long gone having been demolished in the late 1700s. This is the main route into town when travelling from the north-west.
Starting off here with No 1 West Port, the building closest to the town which sits on the corner of Friar’s Lane – which once led down to a medieval Franciscan friary.
The ‘West Port’ is a bed and breakfast which will hopefully be able to reopen soon following the lock-down.
Listed grade C, this early 19th century house is a splash of colour in summer.
Another early 19th century building but this one is category B listed. There is a clear photograph of this building taken around 1976 here.
The letter box standing outside no 15 is a clue to one of the former occupants of this building – it used to be Lanark’s Post Office.
Another category C listed building, built in the mid-19th century.
To see the drawing as a whole, please visit my main website here. Limited edition prints are available from my website and Lanark Tolbooth as soon as it re-opens.
Thanks for reading and I welcome any comments or insights into the history of these streets.
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