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West Lothian

Whitburn Town Hall, East Main Street
©2019 Gazetteer for Scotland

Whitburn Town Hall, East Main Street

One of the principal towns of West Lothian, Whitburn is situated on the Rover Almond and to the north of the M8 motorway, 8 miles (12 km) west of Livingston. Originally a crossroads settlement, it developed as a coal and iron mining town in the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly in association with the Polkemmet Colliery which was sunk in 1915 and operated from 1922 until the mid-1980s. The Baillie family, founders of the Baillie Institute community centres, were associated with the now demolished Polkemmet House. There is a 9-hole golf course at nearby Polkemmet Country Park and notable buildings include the parish church (1729), the Burgh Hall (c.1830) and Whitburn Academy (1967). In the churchyard there is a memorial to Elizabeth Burns, daughter of the poet Robert Burns.

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