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Caldercruix /ˌkɔːldərˈkrʊks/ is a semi-rural village in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. The nearest major town is Airdrie, 5 miles (8 km) to the west. It has a population of about 2,440.[1] The village is about 17 miles (27 km) east of Glasgow and 30 miles (50 km) west of Edinburgh.

Caldercruix
Caldercruix is located in North Lanarkshire
Caldercruix
Caldercruix
Location within North Lanarkshire
Population2,440 
OS grid referenceNS8268
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CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAIRDRIE
Postcode districtML6
Dialling code01236
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55°53′N 3°53′W / 55.89°N 03.88°W / 55.89; -03.88Coordinates: 55°53′N 3°53′W / 55.89°N 03.88°W / 55.89; -03.88

Caldercruix developed in the 19th century as the papermaking and mining industries grew. The village is situated by the North Calder Water and probably takes its name from the bends or crooks (cruiks) in the river.[2]

The local Church of Scotland congregation is the Caldercruix and Longriggend Parish Church and the local Roman Catholic Church is Saint Mary’s located on Glen Road.

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RailwayEdit

Caldercruix railway station was built in 1863, on the Bathgate and Coatbridge Railway. The line closed to passengers in January 1956, and reopened in December 2010 as the Airdrie-Bathgate Rail Link, although the opening of Caldercruix station itself (alongside Drumgelloch and Armadale) was delayed until February 2011 due to bad weather conditions. Trains run east to Bathgate and Edinburgh Waverley, and west to Airdrie and Glasgow Queen Street (usually continuing to Dalmuir and Helensburgh Central).

Local Orange heritageEdit

There are two Orange Lodges established in Caldercruix: Caldercruix Truth Defenders Loyal Orange Lodge No. 70, and Caldercruix Daughters of William Ladies Loyal Orange Lodge No. 198.

Loyal Orange Lodge 70 held its inaugural meeting in Airdrie Orange Hall on 6 March 1950. The Lodge subsequently moved its meetings to Caldercruix (using the Masonic Hall), then to Gowanbrae (using the Orange Hall), until the Gowanbrae venue was destroyed in an accidental fire. Meetings are currently held in Airdrie Orange Hall on the last Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm. The Lodge once invited the Dunloy flute band to lead it, making it one of first Airdrie-area Lodges to invite an Ulster band to lead them.

Both Caldercruix lodges are currently accompanied by Caldercruix Defenders Flute Band, which has been established in the village for four decades. The band practices every Tuesday evening between 7pm and 9pm in Caldercruix Community Centre.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Estimated population of localities by broad age groups, mid-2012" (PDF). Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  2. ^ Drummond, Peter, John (2014). An analysis of toponyms and toponymic patterns in eight parishes of the upper Kelvin basin (PDF). Glasgow: Glasgow University. p. 332. Retrieved 3 July 2017.

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