Caldercruix

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Caldercruix
Caldercruix is located in North Lanarkshire
Caldercruix
Caldercruix
Caldercruix shown within North Lanarkshire
Population 2,490 
OS grid reference NS8268
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town AIRDRIE
Postcode district ML6
Dialling code 01236
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
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UK
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Coordinates: 55°53′N 3°53′W / 55.89°N 03.88°W / 55.89; -03.88

Caldercruix /ˌkɔːldərˈkrʊks/ is a semi-rural village in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. The nearest major town is Airdrie, 5 miles (8 km) to the west. The village is about 17 miles (27 km) east of Glasgow and 30 miles (50 km) west of Edinburgh. Caldercruix developed in the 19th century as the papermaking and mining industries grew. The village is situated by the North Calder Water and takes its name from the bends or crooks (cruiks) in the river.

The local Church of Scotland congregation is the Caldercruix and Longriggend Parish Church.

Railway[edit]

Caldercruix railway station was built in 1863, on the Bathgate and Coatbridge Railway. The line closed to passengers in January 1956, and reopened in December 2010 as the Airdrie-Bathgate Rail Link, although the opening of Caldercruix station itself (alongside Drumgelloch and Armadale) was delayed until February 2011 due to bad weather conditions. Trains run east to Bathgate and Edinburgh Waverley, and west to Airdrie and Glasgow Queen Street (usually continuing to Dalmuir and Helensburgh Central).

Local Orange heritage[edit]

There are two Orange Lodges established in Caldercruix: Caldercruix Truth Defenders Loyal Orange Lodge No. 70, and Caldercruix Daughters of William Ladies Loyal Orange Lodge No. 198.

Loyal Orange Lodge 70 held its inaugural meeting in Airdrie Orange Hall on 6 March 1950. The Lodge subsequently moved its meetings to Caldercruix (using the Masonic Hall), then to Gowanbrae (using the Orange Hall), until the Gowanbrae venue was destroyed in an accidental fire. Meetings are currently held in Airdrie Orange Hall on the last Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm. The Lodge once invited the Dunloy flute band to lead it, making it one of first Airdrie-area Lodges to invite an Ulster band to lead them.

Both Caldercruix lodges are currently accompanied by Caldercruix Defenders Flute Band, which has been established in the village for four decades. The band practices every Tuesday evening between 7pm and 9pm in Caldercruix Community Centre.

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