Bannockburn

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Bannockburn
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The centre of Bannockburn
Bannockburn is located in Stirling
Bannockburn
Bannockburn
 Bannockburn shown within the Stirling council area
Population 7,352 
OS grid reference NS811902
   – Edinburgh 35 mi (56 km)  ESE
   – London 410 mi (660 km)  SSE
Council area Stirling
Lieutenancy area Stirling and Falkirk
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town STIRLING
Postcode district FK7
Dialling code 01786
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Stirling
Scottish Parliament Stirling
Website www.bannockburn.co.uk
List of places
UK
Scotland

Coordinates: 56°05′N 3°55′W / 56.09°N 3.91°W / 56.09; -3.91

Bannockburn (Scottish Gaelic Allt a' Bhonnaich) is a town immediately south of the city of Stirling in Scotland. It is named after the Bannock Burn, a burn (small stream) running through the town before flowing into the River Forth.

History[edit]

Land in the vicinity of Bannockburn town, probably between the Pelstream and Bannock burns, was the site of the Battle of Bannockburn fought in 1314—one of the pivotal battles of the 13th/14th century Wars of Independence between the kingdoms of Scotland and England. A large monument and visitor centre is located near the site of the battle.

Telford's circular-arch roadbridge over the Bannock Burn

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries the Wilson family of Bannockburn designed and wove tartans for the British Army. Many of the so-called Clan tartans were created by the Wilsons in response to the needs of the Clan chiefs who, without their own authentic tartans, approached the Wilsons for suitable patterns. The visit of King George IV to Edinburgh in 1822, and his insistence that the Clan chiefs attend his banquets and levees in their Clan tartans, prompted this reaction. The Wilson family ceased business in 1924.

A circular-arch stone bridge, built by engineer Thomas Telford, spans the burn downstream of the battle site. Growth of both Stirling and Bannockburn during the 19th and 20th centuries means that the two now form a contiguous conurbation, and Bannockburn was latterly incorporated into the city (then royal burgh) of Stirling. Bannockburn had a population of 7352 at the time of the 2001 census.[1]

The area contains most necessary amenities, including a library, bank and local shops. It is served by Bannockburn Primary School, in the centre of the community, and Bannockburn High School in nearby Broomridge. Several new private housing schemes have been built in and around Bannockburn since the 1990s, increasing pressure on the already-overcrowded high school. As a result of this, Bannockburn High School has, in 2007 and 2008, been extended to provide additional capacity.

Bannockburn used to have a railway station located next to the site of the bus depot, but residents wishing to use the train must nowadays travel into the centre of Stirling. Bannockburn is served by the 38, 54, 54A, 56 and 60 bus services.

Sport[edit]

Football

Bannockburn and Hillpark are very fortunate to have two top quality amateur football teams, Bannockburn Amateurs[2] (Est. 1968) and Milton Amateurs FC[3] (Est. 1972).

Bannockburn Amateurs won the West of Scotland Amateur Cup for the fourth time in 2009.

Rugby

Bannockburn also hosts its own Rugby Club. Formerly known as St Modans HSFP RFC (Est. 1978), it changed its name to Bannockburn RFC in 1996. Bannockburn currently plays in the Scottish Hydro Electric Regional League: Caledonia Division 2 Midlands.

Places of worship[edit]

Christadelphians meet in a hall on Main Street.[4] The hall used to be a carpet factory.[5]

The town also has a Catholic church, a Gospel Hall, a United Free Church and two Church of Scotland churches.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "2001 CENSUS RESULTS BANNOCKBURN COMMUNITY COUNCIL AREA" (PDF). Corporate Services, Stirling Council. Retrieved 2009-06-03. 
  2. ^ Bannockburn Amateurs
  3. ^ Milton Amateurs FC
  4. ^ 'Stirling' on searchforhope.org
  5. ^ J. Smith, 'Bannockburn: The Capital of Tartan Weaving' (2008) on Bannockburn Community Website

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