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BLACKBURN HOUSE


Blackburn House will be open to the public on Sunday 13th September 2015

from 11am to 3pm through the Open Doors scheme.

http://www.simpsonandbrown.co.uk/files/content/65_project_sheet.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackburn_House,_West_Lothian

 

 

Visit to Kinneil House, Bo'ness.

On Sunday 26th October 2014, which unfortunately was wet and windy, 5 intrepid members of West Lothian History and Amenity Society met Geoff Bailey at the Museum within the grounds of Kinneil House, Bo'ness.
The house relies on a dedicated group of volunteers to oversee and guide open days and Sunday 26th October was the final Open Day of 2014. 
We admired the the wonderful painted walls and ceilings dating from the 16th and 17th century which had saved the house from demolition in the 1960s and courtesy of the Friends of Kinneil House we met The White Lady who is supposed to haunt the house.
After our tour of the house we braved the weather and headed into the grounds where Geoff painted a vivid picture of what the estate must have looked like in its prime. The orchard was famous for its soft fruits while the walled garden produced flowers and vegetables. The paths through the wood all led to a central point where there was an aviary and later kennels and also within the grounds there was a tennis court, bowling alley and curling rinks.
We walked up to the remains of the church which dates from the 12th century and was built on the site of an earlier church. It sits beside the site of the original Kinneil Village and before the trees grew so tall the church was used as a marker for ships navigating the river Forth.
We also walked up to see the remains of the section of the Antonine Wall which runs through the estate.
It was a pleasure to have a tour of Kinneil House and Estate with Geoff who is so enthusiastic and knowledgeable and I would like to extend my thanks to him for braving the elements to give us such a wonderful afternoon.

Anne Baillie

Photos supplied by Jane Bennie

See also Friends of Kinneil.

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Friday 5th September 2014

Book Event at: Far From the Madding Crowd 6pm, Linlithgow.

 

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Saurdays from 8th November 2014

Course: Scottish Music Hall, Variety and Pantomime

 

Scottish Charity No. SC013743