Newhouse, North Lanarkshire
Newhouse is a hamlet and major road interchange located in North Lanarkshire
North Lanarkshire
North Lanarkshire is one of 32 council areas in Scotland. It borders onto the northeast of the City of Glasgow and contains much of Glasgow's suburbs and commuter towns and villages. It also borders Stirling, Falkirk, East Dunbartonshire, West Lothian and South Lanarkshire...

, Scotland
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. Sited 2 miles from the village of Salsburgh
Salsburgh is a small semi rural former coal mining village in the heart of greenbelt surrounded by farmland in the district of North Lanarkshire, Scotland, the closest major town to the village is Shotts 3 miles to the South East and Airdrie, North Lanarkshire 6 miles to the North West...

, 1.8 mi from nearby Holytown
Holytown is a small village outside Motherwell in North Lanarkshire, Scotland.-History:The area was born and grew on the back of the nearby coal mining industries in the 18th century, although the roots of the town stretch back to at least the 17th Century, where records show that a meeting house...

 and about 4 miles (6.4 km) north east of Motherwell.

It consists of four small houses, a hotel and restaurant an Esso
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 petrol station and independent Garden Centre. It also has a large industrial park
Industrial park
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, which is the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
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 base for several multinational companies including Terex
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, Honeywell
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 and the Newhouse research site
Newhouse Research Site
The Newhouse Research Site is a drug research facility situated east of Glasgow in central Scotland. It is located beside the M8 motorway in Newhouse, North Lanarkshire. The site is an early drug discovery research centre with a track record of generating a succession of products in the areas of...

. Some major construction is under way in the area to build a new Scottish distribution centre for Co-operative Food.

It was formerly a terminus for a railway line from Airdrie
Airdrie, North Lanarkshire
Airdrie is a town within North Lanarkshire, Scotland. It lies on a plateau roughly 400 ft above sea level, and is approximately 12 miles east of Glasgow city centre. Airdrie forms part of a conurbation with its neighbour Coatbridge, in the former district known as the Monklands. As of 2006,...

, and had several coal mines
Coal mining
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. Since the end of coal mining in the area these have gone, along with most of the inhabitants.

It was also a historic crossing place for north-south and east-west traffic, being on the two former trunk route of the A8 between Glasgow
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 and Edinburgh
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 and also on the A73 from Cumbernauld
Cumbernauld is a Scottish new town in North Lanarkshire. It was created in 1956 as a population overspill for Glasgow City. It is the eighth most populous settlement in Scotland and the largest in North Lanarkshire...

 and the north, to Carlisle and the south and west of England
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. The road junction on which the hamlet is situated remains very busy though and is prone to congested traffic at peak times, since it is where the current A8, M8, A73 (now detrunked and supplanted by the M74
M74 motorway
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), A775 and B7066 all meet.

It is notorious for its bad weather, as it is one of the highest points on the M8. The height also enables it to command a view over most of the Clyde Valley and Campsie Fells
Campsie Fells
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Keir Hardie
Keir Hardie
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, one of the first two Labour Party
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 MPs elected to the UK Parliament
Parliament of the United Kingdom
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 was born in a cottage on the western edge of Newhouse. This cottage still exists on Legbrannock Avenue, now surrounded by the Newhouse Industrial Estate.

Hotel and restaurant

The Newhouse Hotel was originally built in the 1930s as a public house and motel in a single building. The original building was built in an art-deco style, and while it still exists it has been extended with a wrap-around canopy and peaked roof added, and the art-deco windows and other features removed.

The original motel was also a small petrol filling station, but this was removed in the 1960s.

Following the takeover of the pub by Whitbread Inns
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, the hotel accommodation was removed and replaced by a function suite and staff residences. It then spent a time renamed as The Griffin, before being added to the Brewers Fayre
Brewers Fayre
Brewers Fayre is a chain of around 125 licensed family and casual dining pub restaurants in the United Kingdom, owned by Whitbread.They are known for serving traditional British pub food, including gammon and steak & ale pie which are among the most popular choices. Nearly all Brewers Fayres are...

 chain, under its original name, The Newhouse.

In 1991, a 40-bedroom Travel Inn hotel was added adjacent to the original building. This building, which is still on site and has been extended to have an extra 20 rooms, was only the second Travel Inn to be opened in Scotland by Whitbread.

Both businesses still exist on site as part of the Whitbread group.

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