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Causewayhead


Stirling

A settlement at the foot of Abbey Craig, in the shadow of the Wallace Monument, Causewayhead is located at the junction of the A9 road with the A907, a mile (2 km) south southeast of Bridge of Allan in Stirling Council Area. It lies on a bend of the River Forth at the eastern end of the causeway that leads southwestwards across the River Forth to the town of Stirling. Stone and coal were once produced in the neighbourhood, but Causewayhead is best known as the location of Scotland's first powered flight in 1909. Brothers Harold and Frank Barnwell established the Grampian Motor and Engineering Company here in 1907 and were to test three aeroplane designs in the vicinity, culminating in the flight of a monoplane in 1911 which was to last for more than a mile (1.5 km). Although the brothers were both killed in aircraft accidents their company continued trading here until 2003. A monument on the roundabout which now represents the road junction was unveiled in 2005 to commemorate their feat.

Causewayhead once had a railway station on the line to Alloa.


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