North Lanarkshire history: 70 pictures of North Lanarkshire towns over the last 100 years - featuring Motherwell, Wishaw, Coatbridge, Cumbernauld, and Airdrie

Old pictures of North Lanarkshire show a very different image of Motherwell, Wishaw, Coatbridge, Airdrie, and Cumbernauld than what we're used to

North Lanarkshire is a historic county right outside of Glasgow and one of the most populous in Scotland - today we're looking back at the heritage of the council area we call North Lanarkshire.

The council area we know as North Lanarkshire today takes up a large chunk of rural and urban land that comes from the historic Lanarkshire authority, as well as parts of the historic counties of Dunbartonshire and Stirlingshire.

Formerly a mostly rural agricultural land along the Clyde Valley, North Lanarkshire exploded in population during the Industrial Revolution, in which it found its niche with the steel works, alongside many colliery's, ironworks, and other assorted heavy industries. In the 19th and early 20th century Coatbridge, Motherwell, and Wishaw became renowned worldwide for their steel industries, with Motherwell earning the moniker 'Steelopolis'.

Cumbernauld of course was only born in 1956, but has made a name for itself since - whether for its lovely people, ancient roman ruins, or 'astounding' architecture.

Today we're looking back at the social history of North Lanarkshire - all the recent(ish) developments of the last 100 years as North Lanarkshire shifted from the most industrious burgh of Scotland to a whole new post-industrial landscape.

Here are 70 pictures of North Lanarkshire through the years - taking in the history and heritage of Motherwell, Wishaw, Coatbridge, Cumbernauld, and Airdrie.