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Broxburn, a mining and manufacturing village of Uphall parish, Linlithgowshire, standing at a curve of the Union Canal, on the Edinburgh and Glasgow highroad, and on the right bank of the Brox Burn, 1 mile N by W of Drumshoreland station on the North British, this being 115/8 miles W of Edinburgh, and 7¾ miles E by N of Bathgate. It consists of one long straggling street, and has a post office, with money order, savings' bank, and telegraph departments, a branch bank of the British Linen Company, 3 inns, and a Gothic public hall, seated for 500, and erected with billiard and reading rooms in 1873 at a cost of £1300. Places of worship are a Free church, a U.P. church (1880; 400 sittings; cost, £3000) with a spire 90 feet high, and a handsome Roman Catholic church (1881); a public and a Roman Catholic school, with respective accommodation for 423 and 108 children, had (1879) an average attendance of 289 and 92, and grants of £232,14s. 6d. and £77,18s. At or close to the village are a colliery, 3 shale oil works, a fish manure factory, and a composition brick yard. Pop. (1861) 660, (1871) 1457, (1881) 3210.

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