Designated a Conservation Village in 1976, Ashfield is a small planned hamlet squeezed between the Allan Water and the railway, 2 miles (3 km) north of Dunblane in Stirling Council Area. Built in the 19th Century, the settlement comprises terraced stone houses surrounding a village green. The community benefits from a village hall. John Pullar of Perth bought the Mill of Ash in 1865 to supplement his company's existing textile bleaching, dyeing and printing operations at Keirfield (Bridge of Allan). Soon after, Pullar replaced this old mill with the substantial Ashfield Mill, together with the housing for his workers. Gladstone Square was named after William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98), reflecting the Pullar's politics as staunch Liberals. There were once a railway sidings here to receive coal and chemicals. Ashfield remained a company village until Pullars sold both the mill and the houses in the years following the Second World War. Ashfield Mill finally closed in 1976 and is now houses other businesses, although the water still provides power, now generating electricity.

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