NS8979 : Post-Roman housing at Falkirk

taken 7 years ago, near to Falkirk, Great Britain

Post-Roman housing at Falkirk
Post-Roman housing at Falkirk
Three of the five 1960s tower blocks at Seaton Place, on the site of the Antonine Wall at Callendar Park. From L-R Paterson, Marshall and Leishman Towers.
Callendar Park and the Antonine Wall
Part of the Antonine Wall passes through Callendar Park. It was built for Antoninus Pius across the narrow lowland part of central Scotland around 142A.D., and was 61km long, but the Romans withdrew south after about 20 years. It was a turf and clay rampart about 3.5m high on a 4m wide stone base; to the north was a V-shaped ditch about 12m wide and 4.2m deep, which was ‘mined’ with pointed stakes embedded in the ground.

The lands of the area were acquired in the 14C by the Livingston family [Earls of Linlithgow, Errol, Callendar etc.], from when the oldest part of Callendar House dates. The Livingstones forfeited the lands in 1715 as a result of the Jacobite rebellion, and they were taken over by the York Buildings Company and then sold in 1783 to William Forbes an Aberdeen coppersmith who specialised in supplying the Royal Navy. It was the Forbes family who were responsible for the 19C French Renaissance style of the house as it is seen today – it is a category A listed building and the grounds are included in a list of significant gardens and designed landscapes of Scotland.

In 1963 Falkirk Council bought the house, in disrepair, and some of the parkland. It has been restored to its Georgian state and is Falkirk’s principal museum and major heritage centre, with galleries for permanent and temporary exhibitions, and a history research centre and archive. The surrounding parkland, and woodland of Callendar Estates, is open to the public with various recreational facilities.
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NS8979, 67 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 27 October, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 29 October, 2012
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Grassland  Housing, Dwellings  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Place (from Tags)
Antonine Wall  Falkirk  Callendar Park 
Period (from Tags)
Roman 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 8951 7959 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:59.7897N 3:46.3835W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 8965 7961
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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