Bonnybridge is an ancient settlement with relics found that date back over 3000 years. However it was an important route centre even in those times, allowing passage across a ford over the Bonny Water which runs through it. Later this importance as a focus of routes became a vital part of the village's growth as the northern limit of the Roman Empire - the Antonine Wall - was built nearby. This was followed by the first of the bridges over the Bonny Water serving the main road network; the Forth and Clyde Canal; numerous railway lines; and the M80 motorway - all directed through or near Bonnybridge by the shape of the landscape.
This role as a route centre was crucial in the growth and development of Bonnybridge.
Our next big project is to erect a 'Bonnybridge and District Heritage Wall' along the Bridge St support wall next to the library. There will be about 15 large panels illustrating as much as we can cram in about our prehistory, the Romans, medieval history, early industry such as foundries, brickworks, clay mines. There will be something about local farming, tobacco factory, distilleries, chemical works right up to the present day! We will even acknowledge the UFO stories which have made Bonnybridge (in)famous across the world.
We just need the funding.......Which we now have! £9,803.16 from Falkirk Environmental Trust and £8,100 from Lottery Heritage Fund is enough to finish the project but a change in permissions means we have to re-apply for Planning Permission. We soldier on.....
(Main photo - the stone monument recording the location of St Helen's Burial Yard, Bonnybridge's original cemetery, erected by Councillor Billy Buchanan.)
A slideshow remembering the "Unremembered" members of the Labour Corps - conscripts from across the British Commonwealth and others who supported the troops in many ways and who died in their thousands but are largely forgotten despite the essential work they did. Author - Phil Swierczek