Cambusnethan is a large suburb on the eastern edge of Wishaw, North Lanarkshire in Scotland. It is approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long, straddling both sides of the A722 on a hill overlooking Wishaw.

Location within North Lanarkshire
OS grid referenceNS812556
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWishaw
Postcode districtML2
Dialling code01698
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament


Cambusnethan is served by First service 267 every 10 minutes from Glasgow's Buchanan bus station. It also has a separate hourly express bus services to Glasgow in the form of the First service X11. An infrequent local bus service to Livingston, West Lothian also serves the area.

There are the remnants of a railway line running through the area. This has been disconnected for almost 80 years with most of the track and bridges now gone, though some elements of the line still exist behind the telephone exchange and the social club. The section between the Miner's Club and the Hot Water pond (Perchy Pond) was used as a dump in the 70s/80s, and is thus mostly filled in now. People to this day still fly tip there despite the excellent new council refuse facility in Netherton.

Local facilities

Cambusnethan has two Church of Scotland Presbyterian churches: the North Parish Church, at the top of Kirk Road, and the Old Parish Church, further down the hill. Cambusnethan Primary School is non-denominational and previously sat between the two churches on the other side of the road. Plans for a new, updated primary school have been confirmed, and in Summer 2006 construction work began at the top of Branchal Road, with the clearing of the local park and some of the woods surrounding the area. The new school was completed in Summer 2007, and the original building has been demolished.

The local sub-post office, which sits at the entrance to the Memorial Park (East Gate) but now is shut down for good. The nearest post offices is located in Newmains or Wishaw which both are beside Cambusnethan.

Following the demise of the New Day there are currently two pubs: The Horse and Anchor and The Auld Hoose. There are two convenience stores in the area, Bobbys and Northmuir licensed grocer's shop. An Indian takeaway, the Tandoori Mahal, has traded in the last few years in the shop adjacent to Bobbys.

Cambusnethan also provides the area code (01698 38xxxx) for most of eastern Wishaw via the large BT telephone exchange.

Another very popular meeting place is the Cambusnethan Miners' Club at the foot of Woodhall Road, also known as the red road.

The site of the old Cambusnethan Primary School has become housing. The new Primary School is situated on Branchal Road

Boys' Brigade

Cambusnethan has two active BB companies: 1st Cambusnethan, which is affiliated to the Old Parish Church, and 2nd Cambusnethan, affiliated to the North Parish Church. 1st and 2nd Cambusnethan has 3 sections Anchors for 3-6yr olds Juniors for 7-11yr olds and Company for 12 and over. Boys at the BB's are trying their best to achieve the Queen's Badge.

Local landmarks

A well-known local landmark is '"The Bing", well known for children to slide down it in a wheely bin or a bread crade, a large loose stone hill formed by extensive mining operations, which were active in the area until the 1960s. Cambusnethan was a major coal mining centre at the start of the 20th century and, when it was all finished, the shafts were closed and the spoil heaps landscaped to create The Bing.

Cambusnethan House or Priory is a few miles west of the area and is a stunning Gothic house by Scottish architect James Gillespie Graham. It was so named because, before Wishaw existed, Cambusnethan was the name of the whole burgh stretching from Newmains to the River Clyde. Today the main town sits between Cambusnethan and the River Clyde.

Notable residents

  • Alex Duthart (7 October 1925 – 27 November 1986) was a Scottish drummer who revolutionised Scottish pipe band drumming.
  • Dame Dr. Ruth Silver, DBE is the Principal of Lewisham College and an adviser to the Select Committee in the House of Commons and a member of the Skills Commission.
  • Pte William Johnstone Milne. Born 21 December 1891. Killed in Action at Thelus, France, 9 April 1917 serving in the 16th Battalion, Manitoba (Canadian Scottish) Regiment. Posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross.
  • Sir James Denham-Steuart, 7th Baronet of Coltness, an early economist whose Inquiry into the Principles of Political Oeconomy predates Adam Smith's An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by nine years, is buried[1] in the family vault at old Cambusnethan church (now a ruin).

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