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Castlecary


North Lanarkshire

A village on the northeastern boundary of North Lanarkshire Council Area, Castlecary is situated to the west of the A80 road and south of the Forth and Clyde Canal, 2½ miles (4 km) northeast of Cumbernauld. The village once extended into the modern Falkirk Council Area, including what is now the settlement of Allandale, and the names of the 15th-century Castle Cary, Castlecary Woods, Castlecary schoolhouse and Castlecary Mill Farm (all now in Falkirk) reflect this. A Roman fort on the Antonine Wall was excavated nearby in 1902.

There were once two brickworks here, both established in the 19th century. One closed in 1968, while the other continued until the 1980s. There was also a lime work, which was disused by the end of the 19th C. Castlecary Station, on the Edinburgh and Glasgow railway, closed in 1967. Two serious accidents have occurred here; 35 were killed and 179 injured in 1937 when an express hit a stationary train and another in 1968 when a driver and his mate were killed having passed a danger signal and collided with a stationary passenger train. Cumbernauld Airport lies a mile (1.5 km) to the west southwest.


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