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Binny


West Lothian

A location in West Lothian, Binny lies to the west of Ecclesmachan and a mile (1.5 km) northwest of Uphall. Binny House is unusual and most likely dates from the early 19th century. Binny Craig rises to the west, with West Binny another half-mile (1 km) beyond. The Binny Quarries once produced sandstone for building, opening in the late 17th Century and reaching their peak output in the mid-19th Century, they had closed by the start of the First World War. This stone could be transported economically once the Union Canal opened and later by rail. Popular in Edinburgh and exported around the world, this fine Carboniferous sandstone was used for buildings such as the City Observatory on Calton Hill, Donaldson's College, both the Bank of Scotland and the National Gallery on the Mound, and the Scott Monument. The quarry was briefly re-opened in 1997 to supply stone for the repair of the latter.


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