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Population : 842 (2001 Census)
The village of Quarter lies approximately four miles south-south west of Hamilton.
A Brief History of Quarter
The village of Quarter began as a mining village and at one time had eight pits. The colliery at Quarter was owned by Colin Dunlop and Company and in time would become one of the biggest collieries in the area. An explosion at Quarter on the 16th of May 1841 was one of the first recorded instances of a Firedamp explosion in the area, which resulted in loss of life. The cause of the explosion was thought to have been due to a sudden outburst of gas either from a fault or roof fall. Eleven men lost their lives, including four explorers who had attempted to rescue those men involved.
In 1860 a railway station was opened at Quarter. The line was operated by Caledonian and carried goods only until 1863 when it was extended to a passenger service. In 1923 LMS railway took over the line from Caledonian and in 1945 passenger services were withdrawn. One by one the pits were closed and in 1953 the line was closed and the track eventually removed in 1959. Today, there is continues to be a regular bus service to Hamilton and East Kilbride via Strathaven.
The last decade has seen a sharp rise in the number of housing with new developments on the edge of the village.
Quarter has one primary school and secondary pupils can either attend Strathaven Academy or one of the schools in Hamilton. The village has a convenience store and post office, church, pub and bowling club.
Quarter's annual gala day is held in June.
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