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Kinneil Colliery, Kinneil Nature Reserve

Harking back to when coal was king . . .

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 . . .

Bo'ness Docks, Bo'ness Foreshore, Bo'ness Harbour, Kinneil Nature Reserve

End of an era: the closure of Bo’ness Docks

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

Bo'ness Foreshore, Kinneil Nature Reserve

Going full steam ahead to Bo’ness

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

Bo'ness Foreshore, Kinneil Nature Reserve, Nature reserve

Bo’ness and the search for ‘white gold’

“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’

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Digital artist’s impression of 16th-Century Kinneil House

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