Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, Great Britain

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Motherwell is a large town and former burgh in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, south east of Glasgow. Historically in the parish of Dalziel and part of Lanarkshire, Motherwell is the headquarters for North Lanarkshire Council. Geographically the River Clyde separates Motherwell from Hamilton to the west whereas the South Calder Water separates Motherwell from Carfin to the north-east and New Stevenston and Bellshill towards the north. Motherwell is also geographically attached to Wishaw and the two towns form a large urban area in North Lanarkshire, with both towns having similar populations and strong community ties.

Economy Motherwell is the headquarters for both North Lanarkshire Council, which is one of Scotland's most populous local authority areas, and of Police Scotland "Q" division. These organisations cover Motherwell and Wishaw and the rest of North Lanarkshire. Motherwell was noted as the steel production capital of Scotland, nicknamed Steelopolis, home of David Colville & Sons during the 19th and 20th centuries, with its skyline later dominated by the water tower and three cooling towers of their Ravenscraig steelworks which closed in 1992. The Ravenscraig plant had one of the longest continuous casting, hot rolling, steel production facilities in the world before it was decommissioned. The closure of Ravenscraig signalled the end of large scale steel making in Scotland, although the town's Dalzell steel plate works continues to be operated by Tata Steel Europe.

Recently Motherwell has to an extent recovered from the high unemployment and economic decline brought about by this collapse of heavy industry. A number of call centres and business parks such as Strathclyde Business Park have since set up in the region. Large employers include William Grant & Sons whisky distillers and the heavy equipment manufacturer Terex Trucks. Motherwell has been a Fairtrade Town since January 2007.

Motherwell Civic Centre, North Lanarkshire 
Motherwell Civic Centre, North Lanarkshire
Image: Ross Watson

Motherwell has a population of over 32,590 people. Motherwell also forms the centre of the wider North Lanarkshire region which has a population of over 340,180 people.

Twin Towns – Sister Cities Motherwell is twinned with: 🇩🇪 Schweinfurt, Germany; 🇿🇦 Motherwell, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

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