Set down in the middle of a patchwork quilt of green hills and fields, the wee village of Twechar is the last gem we’ll visit on our journey through Dunbartonshire. It’s a town with a long history, and a hard one, but with all that’s gone before there’s still a rich future ahead of it.
|Antonine Wall, Twechar, a photo by electropod on Flickr.|
|NCB Twechar Locomotive Shed, a photo by Paris-Roubaix on Flickr.|
from her past residents seem largely positive. Several scenes from childhood which still gleam bright in remembrance include the ever-present Campsies, Bedlay Castle, summers in the glen and woodlands, steam engines puffing to the collieries, interminable rain, swimming at nearby Kirkintilloch, looking out for kingfishers, and being able to play hard all day “on a couple of (burnt) spuds,” One former resident says, “I live far away now in a crowded hectic city, and even though I wouldn’t live anywhere else, I still miss the beautiful, quiet countryside around Twechar.”
|Twechar Parish Church, East Dunbartonshire., a photo by Paris-Roubaix on Flickr.|
Twechar is no longer dominated by a single industry. It is now home to a “major waste recycling plant, engineering, and a specialty producer of fine foods.” It’s small enough that children must go elsewhere for their secondary education, yet there are three churches to choose from. “The village is a friendly place, and locals are only too pleased to stop for a chat to the walker, cyclist, or canal boat mariner.” While the classic Twechar pub, the Antonine Arms (called the “Bully” due to its talent for relieving the miners of their wages), has now closed, tired visitors can stop at either the local Miners Welfare Club for a refreshment , or at the H.L.E.C ( Healthy Living and Enterprise Centre ) for a sit down and a snack.
If you’re ever in Twechar, give a shout-out to the locals. Tell ’em The Britophile sent you.
First Photo: Twechar United F.C., East Dunbartonshire., a photo by Paris-Roubaix on Flickr.
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