I recently went to collect the disused circular saw blade from the abandoned and derelict Lanrick saw mill. My understanding is that the whole site of Upper Lanrick is soon to be bulldozed.
The saw blade is now a feature in our garden.
In a previous post called the ‘Death of a Perth Sawmaker’ I shared this narrative:
At Upper Lanrick farm there was a busy sawmill, but neither the farm ‘toun’ nor the sawmill have been active for at least a generation. Abandoned, their days are now numbered as they are set to be bulldozed.
On a recent visit to Upper Lanrick I came across a circular saw of two-feet in diameter. On the back it still had its maker’s label attached:
I found myself wanting to know more about William Graham, Sawmaker, 6-12 Hospital Street. Perth. Particularly because his name is the only one that has survived in Upper Lanrick despite half a century of abandonment and subsequent decay.
This is a picture of the sawmill:
I discovered that William Graham began his business in Perth in 1904:
He also sold oil engines:
In 1916, when wartime blackouts were enforced, William Graham was fined:
William Graham died 9 years later, in 1925:
Beside the sawmill at Upper Lanrick is a delightful joiners studio. It retains its artisan windows and other features but the roof has now fallen-in: