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Clock Mill and Lade
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Clock Mill and Lade

A Hillfoot village in Clackmannanshire, situated to the north of the River Devon between Alva and Dollar. The Tillicoultry Burn which flows down through the Mill Glen to meet the Devon was the source of water power used by textile mills which processed wool including the manufacture of Tillicoultry Serge. The Clock Mill which was built by James and George Walker from Galashiels to manufacture blankets, plaids and tartan shawls.

A walk into the glen from the top of Upper Mill Street leads to panoramic views of the Forth and Devon valleys. Interesting buildings include the Provost Thomas Murray Clock Tower and 'Howff for Aged Men' (1930), the Popular Institute (1859) with its tower (1878), and the Baker's Company Jubilee Fountain (1896).

Now principally a dormitory village, it benefits from a primary school and artificial ski slope. The Clock Mill is now a business centre, while the Sterling warehouse, for a time Britain's largest furniture store, stands on the site of the former Devonvale Paper Mill, which was established in the 1920s.

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