Rowantree Terrace is well known in Lennoxtown as Taw Raw, which meant the Tar Row. The houses in the terrace had flat roofs which were covered in thick tar matting, hence the name Tar Row - a row of houses covered in tar. The original low-lying houses are no longer standing.
Taw Raw and the snow storm
Cameron tells of a particularly heavy snow fall in February 1821, and of some individuals perishing on the Campsie Moor, having been overtaken there whilst crossing. They had become disorientated and lost their way, and in some cases, their lives as a result.
On the road between Lennoxtown and Torrance, the snow was nearly level with the tops of the hedges, and since there were no snow ploughs, men had to use shovels to clear the way. Obviously, progress was slow, and because the cold weather persisted, there was no sign of a thaw. Although the road was made 'passable', great hardships were experienced by villagers, particularly those situated any distance from the main road. It became impossible to get coal, provisions and farm produce conveyed to and from the isolated cottages or farm houses.
Writing in 1892, Cameron, very eloquently describes the scene at the Taw Raw for us, as follows:
"The roofs of the Rowantreefauld cottages were then lower than at present, and were literally a tar-covered row, with four feet of snow on the flat roofs. The row had the appearance of a long level ridge, and the smoke of the concealed chimney's, rising out of the white expanse, produced a very curious effect on the landscape."
There have been other very heavy snow falls within living memory, for example, 1936 and 1947.
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