Methven, Perth and Kinross
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Methven (//; Scottish Gaelic: Meadhainnigh) is a large village in the Scottish region of Perth and Kinross, on the A85 road due west of the town of Perth. It is near the village of Almondbank. The village has its own primary school, church, bowling club, community halls, playing field with sports facilities and skate-park, and a variety of businesses.
There is a local primary school in the village, and a large co-educational boarding and day independent school nearby, called Glenalmond College, described by The Good Schools Guide as providing an "outstanding" quality of education.
The village has good food available from The Bell Tree Pub which also has restaurant (now closed - August 2016), also Chatni an Indian restaurant, a Chinese takeaway/chippie which has changed hands many times, a garage, haulage firm, a Village Convenience Store and a post office. For many years there was a tearoom called 'The Pantry', which has now become a Davidsons chemist. In February 2008, a sports and remedial massage parlour opened, replacing a hairdressing salon, but was closed by October 2008 and the unit was vacant for just under a year and a half, before it reopened as a DIY trader having opened shop by March 2010.This was the second time that the unit served as a DIY Store. This unit became vacant yet again before reopening in 2013 as Poppy's cafe. The village restaurant had a change of ownership in October 2009, becoming an Indian Restaurant. A second restaurant opened in early 2011 as part of a new business that was established with the take over, refurbishment and re-branding of the former 'Methven Arms Hotel'. There are many tradesmen in Methven, a company found on the main street is Goodwillie and Hunter. Other self-employed tradesmen also located in methven.
To the south of the village, along Station Road, a small industrial estate occupies the former site of Methven Station. Closed since 27 September 1937, the station was originally the western terminus of the Perth, Almond Valley and Methven Railway.
Work began on a new pedestrian crossing in the village in 2008, but was slow to progress, with it not completed until August 2009. Locals had campaigned for a crossing for years because of the busy main road that cuts through the village. The work to install it (as well as nearby works to upgrade the gas pipe network in the village) caused some disruption.
History and legacy
The Battle of Methven took place in 1306 between Scottish forces (led by newly crowned king Robert the Bruce) and English forces (led by Aymer de Valence, 2nd Earl of Pembroke) and resulted in a resounding win for the English. This was part of the Scottish Wars of Independence.
Dr William Marshall born 26 Aug 1834 in Methven was appointed Queen Victoria's resident doctor at Balmoral in 1871. He was a royal physician until 1881. He died in Crieff on 22 Dec 1884. A note of his Royal service is made on his headstone erected by his father and in the Methven cemetery.
Sir Thomas Graham, 1st Baron Lynedoch, a military hero, lived in the area and is buried in the large stone vault south of the main church.
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