Caldercruix
Caldercruix is located in North Lanarkshire
Caldercruix
Caldercruix
Location within North Lanarkshire
Population2,610 (mid-2020 est.)[1]
OS grid referenceNS8268
Council area
Lieutenancy area
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAIRDRIE
Postcode districtML6
Dialling code01236
PoliceScotland
FireScottish
AmbulanceScottish
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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 /ˌkɔːldərˈkruks/ is a semi-rural village in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. The nearest major town is Airdrie, 4 miles (6 kilometres) to the west. It has a population of about 2,440.[2] The village is about 20 miles (30 kilometres) east of Glasgow and 32 miles (51 kilometres) west of Edinburgh.

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.

The village is home to an active community council.[3] There is a combined primary school (Glengowan/St. Mary's Primary School) which serves the village and surrounding rural area.[4]

History

Caldercruix developed in the 19th century as the papermaking and mining industries grew. The village was formerly home to a large paper mill, which closed in 1970.[5]

The village is situated by the North Calder Water and probably takes its name from the bends or crooks (cruiks) in the river.[6] North Calder Water was dammed in the late 18th century to create Hillend Loch, which is used recreationally by angler and sailors.

Caldercruix is mentioned in the song “Glasgow” by rock band You Me at Six on their 2021 album Suckapunch. This is believed to be in reference to frontman Josh Franceschi's former spouse from the village: “Caldercruix called and said//that she don’t want//the same thing”.

Railway

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).

References

  1. ^ "Mid-2020 Population Estimates for Settlements and Localities in Scotland". National Records of Scotland. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Estimated population of localities by broad age groups, mid-2012" (PDF). Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Caldercruix Community Council". Caldercruix Community Council. Archived from the original on 5 September 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Glengowan/St. Mary's Primary School". Culture NL. Archived from the original on 5 September 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Caldercruix Mill". Canmore. Archived from the original on 5 September 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  6. ^ 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.