Stephen Branley's photos with the Lord Leverhulme

Water#2

Water#2
This waterfall sits just below the 'Road to Nowhere', north of Tolsta on the Isle of Lewis. It was so named because it was to be Lord Leverhulme's new road plan to link Tolsta to Skigersta at Ness, but it never came to fruition.

Lord Leverhulme owned the…
Added on October 27, 2013

Lews Castle Canon

Lews Castle Canon
William Hesketh Lever (Lord Leverhulme) bought the Island and castle in 1918. He gave the castle electric lighting, central heating, numerous bathrooms and intercom telephones. An enthusiastic dancer, he extended the ballroom by combining it with an adjac…
Added on July 17, 2013

Lews Castle in the Snow

Lews Castle in the Snow
Sir James Matheson’s fortune was based on the far east opium trade. He purchased the Isle of Lewis in 1844 and commissioned the building of Lews Castle in 1847. It sits on the west side of Stornoway harbour and took 7 years to complete at a cost of £60,00…
Added on July 17, 2013

Lews Castle, Stornoway

Lews Castle, Stornoway
During the Second World War, the castle was used as a naval hospital. Later it housed a technical college, but has remained empty since 1987.

A £7.3m scheme proposes to convert the castle into an 18-bedroom, four-star hotel and a function venue is underw…
Added on July 17, 2013

Land Raider Memorial - Gress

Land Raider Memorial - Gress
This is the last of my series on the land raider memorials. The design for this site at Gress posed very different problems from the other two and required more discussion with the local committee and several amendments were made to the original design.…
Added on July  4, 2013