Blanefield

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Blanefield
Strathblane.jpg
A view over Blanefield and Strathblane from Ballagan
Blanefield is located in Stirling
Blanefield
Blanefield
Blanefield shown within the Stirling council area
Area 17 sq mi (44 km2)
Population 1,811  (2001 Census)
• Density 54/km2 (140/sq mi)
OS grid reference NS561794
• Edinburgh 46 mi (74 km) E
• London 358 mi (576 km) SSE
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GLASGOW
Postcode district G63
Dialling code 01360
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
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UK
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55°59′10″N 4°18′22″W / 55.986°N 4.306°W / 55.986; -4.306Coordinates: 55°59′10″N 4°18′22″W / 55.986°N 4.306°W / 55.986; -4.306

Blanefield is a settlement contiguous with Strathblane's northwestern fringe. To the west is the volcanic plug Dumgoyne, Glengoyne Distillery and the Trossachs National Park. The West Highland Way—a long-distance trail—passes close to the village.

The Blane Water (Uisge Bhlàthain) has also been referred to as Beul-abhainn (Scottish Gaelic pronunciation: [b̊ialˠ̪a.ɪɲ]) meaning "mouth-river" after the numerous burns merging. One of its tributaries, the Ballagan Burn passes over the waterfall the Spout of Ballagan which shows 192 alternate strata of coloured shales and limestone (including pure alabaster). The Blane flows into the Endrick, which, in its turn, flows westward to Loch Lomond.

History[edit]

A rise in population during the early 19th century was due in part to the development of a large calico printfield at Blanefield (employing 78 adults and 45 children under 14) and two bleachfields at Dumbrock (employing 67 adults and 14 children under 14) working 10–11 hours per day, 6 days a week. There is no sign of this industry in the village today which has a rural, picturesque aspect while the majority of parishioners now commute to work in neighbouring towns such as Bearsden, Glasgow, Milngavie, and Stirling.

Governance[edit]

Blanefield lies within the registration county and Lieutenancy of Stirlingshire, which was an administrative county until local government reorganisation in 1975. From 1975 to 1996 it was part of the Central region of Scotland. Since 1996, Blanefield has formed part of the Stirling council area.

The remains of Blanefield railway station in 1974

For elections to Stirling Council, Blanefield and Strathblane are part of the Forth and Endrick ward.[1] The ward returns three councillors under a system of proportional representation. At the 2007 elections one councillor each from the Conservative, Labour and Scottish National Parties.[1]

Tourisim plays a prominent economic role in Blanefield. Tourists visit the area for the walks and the local scenery of the moors. There are local amenities in Blanefield, including a bank, chemist, deli, pub and hotel, to name a few.

Education[edit]

Strathblane Primary School

Strathblane Primary School is the local primary school.

Balfron High School is the local high school.

Sport[edit]

Blanefield Thistle F.C. is a local Association football team. There are clubs and organisations for tennis, bowls, darts, karate and snooker.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Councillors". Stirling Council. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "Strathblane and Blanefield Organisations". 

External links[edit]

  • www.strathblanefield.org.uk, local community website for Strathblane and Blanefield, supported by Strathblanefield Community Council.