Grangemouth refinery didn’t always dominate landscape

The Beancross area before the Grangemouth oil refinery was built
The Beancross area before the Grangemouth oil refinery was built
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The oil refinery site in Grangemouth dominates the local landscape at the east end of the town and can be seen for miles around.

Before the plant started operating in the 1920s the land it is on was bare giving local people a view all the way to the River Forth and the Ochils.

Catherine Woods was born after the site went up, but grew up in the Beancross area when paraffin was the only source of light.

She said: “This picture was taken from the Sandy Loan looking down on Beancross and as you can see there is nothing of Grangemouth in the background. I don’t know when the picture was taken though.

“My mother had a wee shop, which sold paraffin that was our only means of lighting, and groceries before moving up to Laurieston 60 years ago.”