Located near the source of the River Clyde, the village of Crawford in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, lies approximately 53 miles north-west of Carlisle and 50 miles to the south-east of Glasgow. Although with just 300 inhabitants the village is hardly a metropolis, Crawford is nonetheless on the tourist trail thanks to its historic connections with Sir William Wallace, the famous Scottish hero. There are also an ancient Roman fort and a Roman road close by, too.
There is archaeological evidence that the Roman fort once housed up to 300 soldiers between 80AD and 140AD, when the Romans were based in this part of Scotland and had to guard the entrance into the upper Clyde Valley from aggressors arriving from England. This may have been the reason why Crawford Castle was built in this strategically important spot on the northern bank of the River Clyde. The castle was already fulfilling its duties in 1175 and is likely to have started life as an earthwork castle rather than the bricks, stone and mortar structure still standing today, albeit largely in ruins.
The beautiful Castle Crawford House was partially built from reclaimed stone that came from the original Crawford Castle site. Its western and southern walls proudly display stone tablets that bear the coat of arms from all the illustrious aristocratic families that once owned Crawford Castle.
Using reclaimed bricks from older properties is part and parcel of restoring listed buildings in conservation areas. Specialist builders are typically needed to carry out works, which must follow stringent rules set out by English Heritage and often also the National Trust, if the building is to open to the general public.
Restoring a Grade I or Grade II property can be very expensive, as reclaimed building materials must first be sourced, then cleaned and possibly treated with modern day chemicals to make them woodworm- and termite-proof and safe in accordance with modern fire regulations.
Cutting corners when it comes to fire regulations is not a good idea – an electrical spark might set off flammable material used to insulate the roof; if you skimped on smoke detectors and fire alarms and rented out your Grade II property as a holiday cottage, you will be in for a shock when an injured tourist instructs an accident solicitor in Crawford to demand compensation from you after a fire.
Making the cottage pretty for your holidaymakers by adding a homely touch? Remember, a glass paperweight on a window sill can turn into a prism bundling light, setting your curtains on fire!
Where do you find an accident solicitor in Crawford?
Call Accident Advice Helpline on their Freephone numbers 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 and speak to a friendly advisor. Lines are available 24/7.
All Accident Advice Helpline‘s solicitors provide no win no fee services, which means an accident solicitor in Crawford or other legal specialist can start working on your claim without delay because there is no need for you to make an upfront payment to start your claims process.
An accident solicitor in Crawford will ask the negligent party for compensation that will cover your pain and suffering, any expenses you paid that relate to your accident and also any loss of income.