Today it’s a haven for wildlife and walkers. But the site of Kinneil Nature Reserve was once home to the last colliery in Bo’ness. The National Coal Board started construction on new pit buildings at Kinneil in 1951. Works were completed in 1956. The plaque that once adorned the pit buildings - marking completion of… Continue reading Harking back to when coal was king . . .
Kinneil Museum in Bo'ness has re-opened to visitors after a four-month closure. The Museum features interactive displays and an audio video show highlighting the story of Kinneil and the wider Bo'ness area. The Museum is normally open every day except Tuesdays from 12.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free of charge.
Kinneil Estate in Bo'ness is one of the locations for a new film about the Roman Antonine Wall. The mini movie highlights the work of the Rediscovering Antonine Wall project, part-financed by the National Lottery through its Heritage Fund. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoAXqoROp9U Discover more about the Antonine Wall on this website.
It was the end of an era. On Tuesday, June 30, 1959, Bo’ness Docks were closed to commercial trade. A large crowd turned out to see the final vessel – a Dutch ship – sail out of the dock the next evening. The closure brought to an end a two-year fight between local people and… Continue reading End of an era: the closure of Bo’ness Docks
Seaview Place car park in Bo’ness was once home to the town’s original railway station. Work started on creating a branch line – an extension of the Slamannan Railway – in the 1840s, with the first revenue-earning train running in 1851. Initially the track was used to carry goods from the busy industrial complexes around… Continue reading Going full steam ahead to Bo’ness
“Although witchcraft has been legally abolished, the cult of the witch is so dear to humanity that it is, in some aspects, prevalent today as it was some centuries ago.” - TJ Salmon, 1913 December 23, 1679: five women and one man were burned at the stake at the glebe of Corbiehall (near the current… Continue reading When witches were burned at the stake
“During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, both shores of the Firth of Forth were studded with salt pans, and a big export trade was developed.” -Historian TJ Salmon It was once called “white gold”. Sea salt was harvested in Scotland for hundreds of years – with the first salt pans being developed in the 12th… Continue reading Bo’ness and the search for ‘white gold’
A pier at Bridgeness first appeared on a map of 1775. Its small harbour, shown in the picture here, was used by vessels employed in the coal trade. It also welcomed boats carrying eggs from the Orkney Islands. Later Bridgeness and (further east along the shoreline) Carriden became a centre for shipbreaking. Nearby was a… Continue reading A harbour for coal – and eggs!
Many thanks to castle re-construction artist Andrew Spratt for kind permission to share his wonderful impression of how the original Kinneil House might have looked after it was built in the mid-16th Century, and before the 17th-Century re-modelling by Duchess Anne Hamilton which gave us more or less the current form of the house. The… Continue reading Digital artist’s impression of 16th-Century Kinneil House
Here's a copy of an open letter which the Friends of Kinneil are grateful to have had published in the Bo'ness Journal on 26 March, following up on a feature on the previous week's front page of the Journal about Falkirk Council's spending plans in the area. The Friends are asking for fresh impetus towards… Continue reading Future plans for Kinneil – letter to press