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New Lanark is a World Heritage Site in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. It was founded in 1786 by Scottish merchant David Dale, who built cotton mills and housing for the mills employees there. Under Dale's son-in-law Robert Owen, New Lanark became the epitome of utopian socialism.

Under Owen, an industrialist and philanthropist, the welfare of the workers, mostly poor people who were employed from Glasgow and Edinburgh, improved tremendously. However, Owen's partners were unhappy with the expenses incurred by his welfare programs, which force him to buy up the property from his partners.

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The fame of New Lanark in the 19th century drew many important people to visit it, among them royals, statesmen and reformers. They were impressed to find a clean working environment with a happy, vibrant workforce. Through his effort, Owen was able to demonstrate that, unlike other enterprises at that time, he was able to turn a profit without exploiting his workers.

New Lanark was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 25th session of the World Heritage Committee in Helsinki, Finland, on 11 - 16 December, 2001.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 55 39 48 W 3 46 59
Inscription Year: 2001
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, IV, VI

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