Cornton

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Cornton
Netherton Farm and Lochearnhead hills - geograph.org.uk - 344566.jpg
Netherton Farm and Lochearnhead hills, viewed north-west from Cornton
Cornton is located in Stirling
Cornton
Cornton
Cornton shown within the Stirling council area
OS grid reference NS794952
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Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town STIRLING
Postcode district FK9
Dialling code 01786
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56°08′06″N 3°56′20″W / 56.135°N 3.939°W / 56.135; -3.939Coordinates: 56°08′06″N 3°56′20″W / 56.135°N 3.939°W / 56.135; -3.939

Cornton is a district of the city of Stirling on the North Bank of the River Forth in central Scotland.

History[edit]

It is amongst the oldest of Stirling settlements originating in Pre-Roman times and servicing the ford marked by the Causewayhead Road. The area that is now the Cornton and on the opposite bank, the Raploch, were the only available patches of agricultural land prior to draining programs of later eras. Wallace´s Battle of Stirling Bridge took place on and around the site of the present housing estate and although there is no clear marker anywhere to inform the adventurous visitor, the dominant position of the Abbey Craig indicates the natural route to the battle scene.

The original bridge was anecdotally regarded as being positioned at least fifty metres up stream from the present location of the medieval bridge and archaeological dives in the last century provided evidence of the original piers of a previous bridge.

Cornton is home to the only all woman's prison in Scotland, Cornton Vale. The prison, built in 1975, is located north of the housing area, close to the River Forth.

The most famous former Cornton resident is the jockey Willie Carson.

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