Still in Scotland for this week’s Thursday Doors and I really feel at home here. The countryside reminds me a lot of Ireland but the villages are quite different. Most of the town houses in Ireland are painted and maybe that’s to brighten everything up a bit in a climate that’s prone to wet weather and grey skies. Although Scotland gets its fair share of cloud and rain, I haven’t seen too many painted houses, at least not in this area. But I’m not complaining, as I love the look of a stone building. Here’s a sample of what’s to be seen in the village of East Calder;
This quaint little village stands on the banks of the river Almond, which flows through some beautiful woodland.
I was so chilled out on my walk in this lovely setting, I almost forgot to take photos.
It was my daughter who pointed out a tiny door across the river that I could use for my post this week. Can you see it through the branches of those trees?
The road through the village was known as the Great Turnpike Road and was previously used by the drovers who herded their beasts from Edinburgh. Others drove their cattle from the Highlands and Islands via Perth, Crieff, Falkirk and Linlithgow (featured in last week’s post) to Mid Calder which was a market village. With the widening of the road gave local people employment, among them some of the smaller landowners. The money they earned enabled them to purchase more land and cattle and the district became a major milk and butter distributor to the city of Edinburgh. With the advent of the Railway in 1846 the population of the villages increased. East Calder in 1861 had a population of 552, in 1871 it was 589, in 1881 the total was 754 and in 1891 it grew to 974. Today it is in the region of 5,600. *
I hope you enjoyed this week’s tour around East Calder. I’ll have some more images from around the town next week. If you’d like to have a look at a selection of international Thursday Doors, click the ‘blue frog’ link on Norm’s blog.