Larkhall

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Larkhall
Scottish Gaelic: Taigh na h-Uiseig
Scots: Larkhauch
Avon Water at Millheugh Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 165433.jpg
Millheugh Bridge and the Larkhall Viaduct
Larkhall is located in South Lanarkshire
Larkhall

 Larkhall shown within South Lanarkshire
Population15,549 (2001)
OS grid referenceNS7651
Civil parishDalserf
Council areaSouth Lanarkshire
Lieutenancy areaLanarkshire
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLARKHALL
Postcode districtML9
Dialling code01698
PoliceStrathclyde
FireStrathclyde
AmbulanceScottish
EU ParliamentScotland
UK ParliamentLanark and Hamilton East
Scottish ParliamentHamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse
List of places
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Coordinates: 55°44′13″N 3°58′19″W / 55.737°N 3.972°W / 55.737; -3.972

Larkhall
Scottish Gaelic: Taigh na h-Uiseig
Scots: Larkhauch
Avon Water at Millheugh Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 165433.jpg
Millheugh Bridge and the Larkhall Viaduct
Larkhall is located in South Lanarkshire
Larkhall

 Larkhall shown within South Lanarkshire
Population15,549 (2001)
OS grid referenceNS7651
Civil parishDalserf
Council areaSouth Lanarkshire
Lieutenancy areaLanarkshire
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLARKHALL
Postcode districtML9
Dialling code01698
PoliceStrathclyde
FireStrathclyde
AmbulanceScottish
EU ParliamentScotland
UK ParliamentLanark and Hamilton East
Scottish ParliamentHamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse
List of places
UK
Scotland

Larkhall (Scots: Larkhauch,[1] Scottish Gaelic: Taigh na h-Uiseig)[2] is a town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland and is around 14 miles (23 km) southeast of Glasgow. It is twinned with Seclin in northern France.

Larkhall sits on high ground between the River Clyde to the East and the Avon Water to the West. Larkhall sits on the edge of the scenic Clyde valley and is a commuter town for Glasgow. Larkhall had a population of 15,549 in the 2001 census, and is a typical west of Scotland industrial town. Traditionally a mining, weaving and textile area, most of Larkhall's traditional industries have now shut, including the Lanarkshire iron and steel works.

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Name

The name Larkhall or Laverock 'Ha first appears in journals around 1620. The origins of the name are unknown, although Laverock is the Scots word for skylark. However, there is no evidence that the town is named after the bird. It is more likely that Laverock was a surname.[3] The name for Larkhall was originally a Scots word Laverockhaugh (Laverockha), which meant Laverock- Skylark and Haugh- boggy/wet area. A mapmaker incorrectly changed it from the Scots word to the English word with a completely different meaning[citation needed]

Education

There are seven non-denominational primary schools in Larkhall: Machanhill Primary School, Craigbank Primary School, Dalserf Primary School, Glengowan Primary School, Hareleeshill Primary School, Netherburn Primary School and Robert Smillie Memorial Primary School. There is also a Catholic Primary school, St Mary's. The town's sole secondary school is Larkhall Academy.

Places Of Worship

Larkhall contains eight churches: Chalmers Parish Church, Larkhall Baptist Church, Larkhall Congregational Church, Rorison Memorial Church, St. Machan's Parish Church, St. Mary's R.C. Church, Trinity Parish Church and The Church At The Cross. There is also a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Transport

Trains returned to the town in December 2005, with the opening of the new Larkhall railway station, which is a terminus on the Argyle Line. The station provides regular services to Glasgow and beyond. Merryton railway station serves the northern end of town and is also on the Argyle Line.

Larkhall also has good bus links with frequent services to Hamilton, Lanark, Motherwell, Stonehouse, Strathaven and Wishaw.

Scotland's main motorway, the M74 skirts the eastern edges of the town. Larkhall has 2 motorway intersections: Junction 7 with the A72, which is for southbound traffic only, and Junction 8 with the A71, which is for both northbound and southbound traffic. Junction 8 is known locally as Canderside Toll or The Toll. The centre of Glasgow can be reached in 20 minutes; Edinburgh is around 50 minutes away.

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Sport

The town has two Junior Football teams: Larkhall Thistle F.C. and Royal Albert F.C.. Royal Albert were once a full member of the Scottish Football League but now ply their trade in the lower reaches of the Central Junior divisions. Also home of Larkhall United Junior Football Club.

Larkhall is also home to the West Of Scotland Karting club just outside of town.

The town also has its own 9 hole municipal Golf Course which was founded in 1909.

It also has a running club Larkhall YMCA Harriers who's vests are red with two white hoops.

The Harriers consist of Master ladies and men, Senior Ladies and men, Under 17's, Under 15's, Under 13's, Under 11's and Under 9's.

Black Lady

The black lady of Larkhall was the wife of Captain McNeil, then owner of Broomhill House. She was brought to Larkhall by Captain McNeil after one of his many seafaring voyages. She was happy with her new life but her ignorance of Scottish customs made her a social outcast. The Captain forbade her to leave Broomhill House during the day.

Soon she was not seen at night either and the Captain claimed she had disappeared, but locals were suspicious. She soon returned, as her ghostly form appeared in the windows of Broomhill House and then later in Morgan Glen. It is not known if she ever got her revenge on the Captain but he did die prematurely.

When Broomhill House fell into disrepair the five hundredweight door lintel was moved to The Applebank Public House by five men. The next day it was found lying across the road from the public house.

In the 1960s a team from the "Tonight" programme visited Larkhall as they tried to perform the first televised exorcism. The cameras were frozen over in fine weather and after filming finished the director was killed in a road crash on his way to another location. He was found with a fence post impaled in his heart. [4]

Local Landmarks

One of the town's most notable landmarks is the Morgan Glen viaduct standing over the Avon Water. At 170 ft, it is the tallest viaduct in Scotland. This has now, sadly, been closed to public access for safety reasons.

Notable people

Larkhall is home to snooker player and 2006 World Snooker Championship winner, Graeme Dott. Previous residents include footballing brothers Jim McLean, Willie McLean & Tommy McLean and also Paul McStay. Other high profile former residents include actress Una McLean and media executive Colin Paterson. Larkhall is also responsible for Mhairi Love who is a double silver medallist in the 2004 Paralympics for the U.K.

References

  1. ^ "Scottish names for Scottish places", NewsNet Scotland
  2. ^ Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba ~ Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland
  3. ^ A. D. MILLS. "Larkhall." A Dictionary of British Place-Names. Oxford University Press. 2003.
  4. ^ Black Lady. Larkhall Academy.

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