Dedridge

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Dedridge is an area in the town of Livingston in West Lothian, Scotland. It is located in the south of the town, just south of the Almondvale area, and north of the Murieston area.

The area's streets are named after parts, events or characters from the plays of Sir Walter Scott; with the suffix 'Rise' being appended to give street names such as Clement Rise, Crusader Rise and Ivanhoe Rise.

Community information[edit]

There are two community centres in Dedridge: the Lanthorn (Kenilworth Rise) and Crofthead Farm (Templar Rise). There is a public library in the Lanthorn.[1] Dedridge Health Centre is in Nigel Rise and has a dental practice attached.[2]

There are two ponds in the area: Dedridge Pond, just south of Kenilworth Rise, and one adjacent to Staunton Rise.

Dedridge Pond looking north
Staunton / The Froggy looking east

Dedridge Pond and the surrounding Dedridge Burn Plantation area are cared for by Dedridge Environment Ecology Project. Dedridge Pond has artwork in the form of a damselfly sculpture.[3]

Damselfly artwork at Dedridge Pond

Most housing in Dedridge is terraced houses built by Livingston Development Corporation. The original landscaping of Dedridge made an effort to break up housing areas with natural features, and there are a number of small woodland areas[4] cared for by The Woodland Trust.

A small newsletter (Dedridge Grapevine) with local news stories is circulated in Dedridge with 10 issues per year, edited by the same person for more than 30 years.[5]

There are two care homes in Dedridge, one at Templar Rise and another at Quentin Rise.

Schools[edit]

Dedridge has one high school, The James Young High School, which is located in Quentin Rise. There are three primary schools: St. Ninian's RC Primary School located in Douglas Rise, Bankton Primary School in Kenilworth Rise, and Dedridge Primary School (in Dedridge East).

Shops[edit]

The main Livingston shopping centre Shopping in Livingston is just to the north of Dedridge and so the area only has a few small local shops in Templar Rise, Nigel Rise, Douglas Rise and Beresford Rise.

Churches[edit]

One of the Livingston Ecumenical Parish worship centres is located in the Lanthorn Community Centre, where they have a small chapel, but use the main hall for regular services. The Roman Catholic church have a separate chapel (St Philip's) at the Lanthorn. The Dedridge Baptist Church is located in Quentin Rise.

Trivia[edit]

Navigation in Dedridge is really simple as the streets progress in alphabetical order, starting at Abbotsford Rise and ending at Templar Rise (with the exception of Palmer Rise, which comes between Kenilworth and Mowbray Rises).

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References[edit]

Coordinates: 55°52′44″N 3°31′01″W / 55.879°N 3.517°W / 55.879; -3.517