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Textile Mills

Site of former textile mill.

In the 18thcentury Alyth became heavily involved in flax processing for the linen textile industry, and spinning and especially hand-loom weaving dominated local employment. Increasing quantities of factory-spun yarn was brought in to the town for manufacture into mainly coarser linen fabrics. In the mid-1800s road and railway improvement connecting Alyth and Dundee boosted the linen industry and led to new coal-powered steam mills in the town producing linen and later jute textiles. The main factory, David Smith & Sons, was the mainstay of Alyth’s economy until its demise in the early 1900s.

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