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‘The puirs hoose’ and Greenhorn’s Well

I was walking through the Windsor Road area last week and reminiscing about my childhood in Balmoral Street back in the 1950s.

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Westquarter Doocot

Strictly for the birds – a look at local doocots

Last week I was speaking to a local man just back from a walk round Linlithgow where he had seen the famous doocot near the canal.

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Families waited for news at the pithead in the days following the disaster

The Redding pit disaster – 94 years on

On the wall above my desk I have a framed memorial picture given to me some years ago by my old friend and colleague at Falkirk College, Davie Beveridge.

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VIDEO: Falkirk’s most important export - the Carronade

A few days ago I was arguing with some friends about the things that made Falkirk famous.

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Five British public safety videos which scarred us as children

Five British public safety videos which scarred us as children

In these days of the internet, child safety is more of a concern for parents everywhere.

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Doors open...Erskine Parish Church, pictured in 1910, is still welcoming people through the doors and a warm welcome is extended to all thise weekend.

Open doors in Falkirk to reveal their hidden secrets

Back in 1990 some bright spark suggested that historic buildings not usually open to

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Lost in time...Next year will bring the 50th anniversary of the demolition of much-loved Falkirk Town Hall in Newmarket Street.

Falkirk’s lost heritage is gone but not forgotten...

Next week sees the opening of the latest in a series of pop-up exhibitions in the Howgate inspired by the restoration work in the town centre.

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James Bruce

James Bruce – the Abyssinian traveller

When Robert Burns made his famous visit to Falkirk district 230 years ago this week there were several places he wanted to visit including Carron Works, where he was famously barred from entry, and Dunipace House, where he found a friendlier welcome.

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Zetland Park war memorial

Keeping Grangemouth’s history alive

Historic Grangemouth has been on my mind recently – especially the two names most associated with the early days: Dundas and Zetland.

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Former Councillor Charles McKay

Nostalgia (1982): Council houses will need to be repaired

Newly modernised council housed are to be ripped apart and modernisation work carried out for a second time.

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Nostalgia (1981): Firefighter honoured with award

Nostalgia (1981): Firefighter honoured with award

An honour has been gained for Central Regional Fire Brigade thanks to young Ian Wyse of Bainsford.

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Bill Anderson, lawyer from Russell and Aitken

Bill’s labour of love will benefit town’s historians

Local history enthusiasts in Falkirk were among the many groups and individuals saddened by the recent death of William F T Anderson, formerly senior partner in Russel and Aitken, known to one and all as Bill.

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Grahamston gates in situ with company name

The life and times of Grahamston foundries

Take a stroll down Gowan Avenue in Grahamston past the Star Inn and the Miller Hall and at the far end you will find a collection of ramshackle old buildings on one side and an overgrown storage yard on the other.

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A marvel of 19th century civil engineering

A marvel of 19th century civil engineering

If my arithmetic is correct then this is my 300th walk down memory lane since this column first appeared.

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Remembering Passchendaele: Three months of unspeakable suffering

Of the many beautiful cemeteries looked after around the world by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the largest lies on the side of a gentle hill in Belgium.

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A heroic image of William Wallace

The first freedom fighter for Scotland’s cause

If you were anywhere near Falkirk High Street last Saturday you would no doubt have heard the skirl of the pipes and caught sight of waving Saltires.

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The new Falkirk Technical College in 1962

Laying the foundations of a new educational era

It won’t be long before the builders begin the construction of the brand new Forth Valley College at Middlefield after which it will be goodbye to the Falkirk Technical College building which has served the community for more than half a century.

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Dunmore Park

Sad ruins with a tale to tell – until they fall to dust!

Last Sunday the first of the local history society’s summer walks took us round the Dunmore Loop, that is four miles or so beginning at the Pineapple and ending at the picturesque Dunmore village.

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The old Falkirk baths

District captured on film for Empire Exhibition

I was not around in Falkirk in 1938 but thanks to a film camera team we know what the town looked like back then.

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Playing host to greatest cattle fairs in Europe

Playing host to greatest cattle fairs in Europe

What do the Braes village of Shieldhill, the Roman fort at Roughcastle and the golf course in Stenhousemuir have in common apart from the fact that they are all in Falkirk district?

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