Terraced housing in Bonnybridge
|Bonnybridge shown within the Falkirk council area|
|Area||1.10 sq mi (2.8 km2)|
|Population||6,870  (2001 census)|
|• Density||6,245/sq mi (2,411/km2)|
|OS grid reference|
|• Edinburgh||27.2 mi (43.8 km) ESE|
|• London||347 mi (558 km) SSE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
Bonnybridge (Scottish Gaelic: Drochaid a'Bhuinne; Scots: Bonniebrig) is a small village in the Falkirk council area of Scotland . It is 4.0 miles (6.4 km) west of Falkirk, 5.3 miles (8.5 km) north-east of Cumbernauld and 8.3 miles (13.4 km) south-southwest of Stirling. The village is situated near the Bonny Water which runs through the town and lies north of the Forth and Clyde Canal. To the south-east of Bonnybridge is a well-preserved section of the Antonine Wall, and the remnants of Rough Castle Fort, the most complete of the surviving Roman forts of the wall.
According to the 2001 Census, the population stands at 6,870 residents. However, the Bonnybridge settlement area, which includes Banknock, Denny, Dunipace and Haggs has a total population of around 24,370.
Bonnybridge developed greatly during the industrial revolution in the nineteenth century. Significant industries that were established include paper milling, sawmilling, chemical manufacturing, refractory brick manufacture and whisky distilling. Particularly important for Bonnybridge was the establishment of several iron foundries including the famous Smith and Wellstood Foundry, which was important in introducing the American metal heating stoves to Europe under the 'Esse stoves' brand. The output from these foundries was transported via the Forth & Clyde Canal to local markets, and also to Glasgow for export. Bonnybridge was also particularly well served by rail, with the Glasgow to Edinburgh, Kilsyth and Bonnybridge and the Carlisle to Perth lines both nearby. With the canal and rail links Bonnybridge became a centre for industrial production.
The town has three primary schools: Bonnybridge Primary School, Antonine Primary School and St. Joseph's R.C. Primary School. The former two are catchment primaries for Denny High School and the latter is within the catchment area of St. Mungo's High School.
Bonnybridge Golf Club
Located just one mile northeast of Bonnybridge and off the A883 in Scotland's Central region, one of the 'Home of Golf' most underrated regions for golf courses, Bonnybridge is a welcome blend of heathland and links, due to the sandy nature of the soil. A nine-holer, it is just over 6, 000-yards in length for the full 18, this course features guarded greens and has plenty of surprises up its sleeve to shock even the more gifted players who pay a visit.
Bonnybridge YFC, commonly known as ‘The Young Brig’ are a youth amateur set up of football teams located in the Bonnybridge area. The Under 17s have yet to lose a domestic match this season and have developed a fierce rivalry with local rivals Camelon Juniors F.C. Hala Brig.
- Ruth Connell, theatre, television and film actress and producer.
- Paul Conway (butcher)
- Danny Malloy (boxer)
- Comparative Population Profile: Bonnybridge Locality Archived June 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., www.scrol.gov.uk. Retrieved 2011-05-13
- Scottish Golf Courses: Bonnybridge Golf Club, www.scottishgolfcourses.com. Retrieved 2011-05-13
- Bonnybridge Golf Club Website Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., www.bonnybridgegolfclub.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-08-30
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