Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Stairlifts Motherwell and Wishaw – Stairlifts Lanarkshire


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Stairlifts Motherwell and Wishaw – Stairlifts Lanarkshire

This blog is a story in two parts.  For many years the towns of Motherwell and Wishaw have been virtually inseparable partly due to their council connections.  These two North Lanarkshire towns in the shadow of Glasgow are towns in their own rights.

Stairlifts North Lanarkshire
With a joint retired population of about 11,500, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that around 300 of these good folk need and own stairlifts.  This means that they can access levels and rooms in their homes that otherwise caused them great difficulty or were effectively ‘out-of-bounds’.

Castle Comfort Stairlifts have been supplying stairlifts for almost 15 years and like to know what’s going on, so we keep a count of how many stairlifts are installed.  You can see our moveable counter on our homepage here.  Take a look it’s fascinating to see just how often the counter moves on.

Back to the stairlifts.  Depending on your home or more accurately your staircase, you may need a straight or a curved stairlift and we can supply both.  For those of you who are unable to bend your knees we have perch lifts.  Nothing is impossible when keeping everyone mobile.  We also arrange for installation of any stairlift purchased.  The whole process is very quick.  Straight stairlifts can often be fitted in a matter of an hour or so.  Other stairlifts can take up to half a day – but then you’re ready for off.

If you think a stairlift is the answer to your prayers or to those of a loved one, please take a look around our site and see what customers have said, compare stairlifts and check prices.  If you would like to know more, please give us a phone call on  0141 278 3929 .

Motherwell
Motherwell seems to have existed since at least the 16th century and the name of this town is thought to refer to an ancient well with religious significance.  The Mother’s Well was dedicated to the Virgin Mary but all you’ll find of it now is a plaque to mark the site in Ladywell Road.

Like most ancient hamlets, industrialisation and the arrival of transport structures like the railway are when these areas started to grow.  Motherwell is no different.  By the 19th and 20th century Motherwell had gained a nickname related to its industrial preference: Steelopolis.  Nearby Ravenscraig Steelworks dominated the skyline with their water and cooling towers.  In 1992 when the plant closed it all became history.  All that remains now is the Dalzell Plate Mill which is still in operation.


Dalzell House
The name Dalzell is well known in these parts.  The land where the 15th/16th century Dalzell House was built was owned by the family of the same name.  It was sold off in the 1950s and is now owned by the Motherwell and Wishaw Council who used part of it for a boy’s school.  In the 1980s it was sold and has now been refurbished as a number of apartments.  The building is a Category A listed building.

Motherwell Cathedral
Motherwell Cathedral opened in 1900 as the Church of Our Lady of Good Aid.  By mid century its status was elevated to a cathedral and is now commonly known as Motherwell Roman Catholic Cathedral.

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
This modern building opened in 1996 and houses North Lanarkshire’s history and archives.  There are exhibits about domestic life and Motherwell’s industrial past.  Exhibits feature Motherwell’s history right back to the 15th century.

Source:geograph.org.uk Chris Upson

Strathclyde Country Park
This great natural attraction in the Clyde valley brings visitors to the area.  Activities like bird watching, sailing on the Loch and water skiing take place at the Park, which also houses the area’s first theme park M & Ds.

Football
Motherwell has a football club in the Scottish Premier League.  They are known as ‘Steelmen’ and the club was formed in 1886.  Their home ground is at Fir Park Stadium.  Like their nearby neighbour Wishaw they seem to have many footballers connected with the area.

·         Late footballer Joe Baker was an English International player who was born in Liverpool, played for Hibernian and Raith Rovers amongst others.  He grew up in nearby Motherwell and actually died in Wishaw General Hospital

·         Retired footballer Andy Thompson was born here and spent 2 notable periods playing for Queen of the South

·         Ian St John started his career at Motherwell and ended as their manager

·         Another local lad, retired footballer Scott Leitch played and helped manage Motherwell at different periods in his footballing career




·         Businessman Craig Whyte was born here and was at one time owner of Rangers



Other famous faces of Motherwell
Of course it isn’t just footballers who’ve made names for themselves:

·         Actor Paul Higgins was born here.  He has appeared in the theatre, on TV including Line of Duty, Vera, Hope Springs and The Thick of It and films (In the Loop)

·         Opera singer Anne Sharp was born in Motherwell.  She died last year (2011) aged 94

·         Actress Katie Leung was born here and is best known for her role as Cho Chung in the Harry Potter films


·         Scottish Indie Band The Delgados were from Motherwell


Stairlifts Wishaw – Stairlifts North Lanarkshire
Wishaw is a burgh or borough of the greater conurbation of Glasgow.  But it boasts a population of more than 38,500 which makes it bigger than some towns.  It is often over shadowed by its better known neighbour Motherwell.


Source:geograph.org.uk userIain Thompson


Its name probably came from Wishaw House built in nearby woods by South Calder Water.  The name is thought to come from Old Scotch words ‘wis’ was the old Scottish name for water and ‘shaw’ meaning forest or wood.  As is almost always the case, this isn’t the only theory.  Some think the name may have come from the Scottish for ‘wicket gate in the wood’ (Wygateshaw) or the old English for willow wood.  Others believe it is a corruption of ‘Viashaw’ meaning road or that it comes from ‘Wee Wood’ i.e. small wood.  The town isn’t particularly old by some calculations, although there was a settlement round and about the area in the 12th century because St Nethan established a church here.  The suburb of Wishaw is now known as Netherton.  The only remains of the ancient church is a burial ground where Lord Belhaven, is buried.  His burial placed is marked by a mausoleum.

Football
There is no professional football team in Wishaw though neighbouring Motherwell has a premier league club.  Wishaw can only boast a junior team who play at the town’s sports centre at Beltane Park.  The sport does seem to be supported in the town with two full sized pitches in a park, the King George’s Field.

Maybe this is why this smallish town has ‘given birth’ to so many footballers over the years:

·         Former Scottish Professional player Stan McEwan was born in Wishaw and played for Blackpool, Exeter and Hull Cities during his playing career

·         Late footballer Joe Baker was an English International player who was born in Liverpool, played for Hibernian and Raith Rovers amongst others.  He grew up in nearby Motherwell and actually died in Wishaw General Hospital

·         Another footballer who claims Wishaw as his home town is Paul Quinn.  He trained with Motherwell and came up through the ranks there, eventually moving to play for Cardiff City and Doncaster Rovers

·         Derek Holmes currently playing for Arbroath comes from the area

·         Former footballer and manager Tommy Gemmell was born in Motherwell

·         Another Wishaw player is Andrew Barrowman who currently plays for Dunfermline Athletic

·         Currently playing for Carlisle United is Lee Miller who was also born in the area

·         The late Roy Henderson was born in Wishaw and played goalie for Queen of the South

·         Also from Wishaw was the late Alex Wilson who played for Arsenal


Other notables of Wishaw
Of course there are a few other famous people who come from Wishaw including:

·         Snooker player John Higgins aka The Wizard of Wishaw was born here.  He has won the World Championship 3 times

·         Racing driver John Cleland also hails from Wishaw.  He won 2 championships racing in the British Touring Club Class.  He is now one of the commentators of the World Touring Club Series



·         Late film maker Enrico Cocozza came from Wishaw.  He made many films about the area and won awards back in the 1940s–50s.  In 2001 he was the subject of a documentary on Channel 4 called Artery: the story of Enrico Cocozza

·         Tom and Jack Alexander, the Alexander Brothers were a singing due who were born at Cambusnethan near Wishaw

·         Musician Alison Turriff grew up in Wishaw.  She plays the clarinet to concert standard

·         Journalists Alan Fisher (Al Jazeera English) and Deborah Orr both come from the area


Stairlifts
Back to those stairlifts.  We’re sure you haven’t forgotten all we told you about them but if you need to refresh you memory, just scroll to the top or have another look around our website.

If you’ve decided that a stairlift is the answer to your needs, then it’s all about making your decision which one, ordering and organising how you pay.  If the cost is prohibitive, please check to see if there are any grants that can help.  A good alternative is a short term % finance deal which helps you to pay in instalments but doesn’t cost you anything for the privilege.  Lastly don’t forget to claim our £50 voucher towards the costs – details are at the top of this blog.

Hope to hear from you soon on  0141 278 3929  .

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