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Forth

This community began to grow as a result of  nearby Wilsontown. Wilsontown was Southern Scotland’s first integrated iron works starting up in the late nineteenth century on the back of the local presence of coal , ironstone and limestone. All thse ingredients were essential for the manufacture of iron. Unfortunately Wilsontown missed out on getting a railway early in its history , so by the time the railway arrived , the iron works had closed. Many of the people in Forth lost their job. However coal mining came to Forth in the early nineteenth century and the mines were still in production till the 1960’s. These mines are now superseded by open cast mining.

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of bell pits at Wilsontown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Remains of Wilsontown.

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