Glen Village


A small former collier village in Falkirk Council Area, Glen Village lies between Hallglen and the Union Canal, 1¼ miles (2 km) south of the centre of Falkirk. 19th C. housing to the west of the B8028 were replaced by public housing to the east in the 1930s. The village benefits from a post office. Callendar Miners Welfare Association Bowling Club closed in the 2000s and was subsequently demolished, leaving an abandoned and overgrown bowling green.

A grand bridge (No. 61) over the Union Canal, by Hugh Baird in 1821, features keystones on each side carved with a face - one smiling, one sullen - giving rise to the name the laughin' greetin' bridge. The explanation for these is not clear, but may relate to the ease of building the canal to the east, compared to the hard work of tunneling and lock construction in the short remaining section to the west.

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