Whitecross, Falkirk

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Whitecross
Whitecross village (geograph 2560698).jpg
Whitecross village, with Cockleroi beyond
Whitecross is in the east of the Falkirk council area in the Central Belt of the Scottish mainland.
Whitecross is in the east of the Falkirk council area in the Central Belt of the Scottish mainland.
Whitecross
Whitecross shown within the Falkirk council area
Area 0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
Population 819 (2001 census)
• Density 13,650/sq mi (5,270/km2)
OS grid reference NS968769
• Edinburgh 18.1 mi (29.1 km) ESE
• London 341 mi (549 km) SSE
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LINLITHGOW
Postcode district EH49
Dialling code 01506
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
Website falkirk.gov.uk
List of places
UK
Scotland
55°58′26″N 3°39′24″W / 55.9739°N 3.6568°W / 55.9739; -3.6568Coordinates: 55°58′26″N 3°39′24″W / 55.9739°N 3.6568°W / 55.9739; -3.6568

Whitecross is a small village within the Falkirk council area, close to the boundary of West Lothian council in Scotland. It lies 2.0 miles (3.2 km) west-southwest of Linlithgow and 2.5 miles (4.0 km) south-east of Polmont on the west bank of the River Avon.

The United Kingdom 2001 census reported the population as 819.[1][2]

Manuel Junction, where the branch line from Bo'ness used by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society meets the Glasgow Queen Street station to Edinburgh Waverley station main line, lies north-east of Whitecross. The main local industries were a brickworks and coal mining, both now ceased. The Avon Aqueduct carries the Union Canal across the River Avon just south of Whitecross.

The ruins of Manuel Priory are close to Whitecross on the eastern, West Lothian, bank of the Avon. This was a Cistercian convent founded, or perhaps re-founded, in the reign of King Malcolm IV of Scotland (1153–1165). The remains of the 15th century Haining Castle lie in the grounds of the former Manuel brickwork north-east of Whitecross.

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