The village of Wanlockhead has existed for over three hundred years.
The first miners came to pan for gold. The early lead miners lived in tents through the summer months. It was impossible to camp through the winter because of the severe weather conditions, and so the miners returned to lower lands.
Straitsteps Cottages were built in the 1860s. The museum depicts the domestic life of the miners during 1750, 1850 and 1920. The artefacts on show illustrate how the people of Wanlockhead lived, worked and played. The tour guide will explain how the miners’ families lived during these different times.
Wanlockhead is an isolated place and many generations of the same families have lived and worked here. The lead industry went through cycles of prosperity and recession. During times of recession many of the families left to start new lives in Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
Straitsteps Cottages Tours
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