Hidden Heritage: The Wee County

Social History in Alloa

Clackmanannshire has layers of fascinating social heritage, hiding in the undergrowth and lurking behind modern development. Not always hidden from view, just sometimes buried in the memory. This self-initiated project is one I dip in and out of as I discover the diverse and colourful history this area keeps a little bit secret.

John Jameson’s Grave

Jameson's Grave
John Jameson, Founder of world-famous Jameson’s Irish Whiskey, is buried in a closed cemetery in Alloa.

Alloa Town Hall


Alloa Town Hall was designed by renowned architect Alfred Waterhouse in 1886. 74 years later it became the first venue of the Beatles’ first ever Scottish gig.

The Glass Cone

Northern Glass Cone, Alloa
Scotland’s last remaining glass cone. A proud symbol of Alloa’s glass and beer making heritage.

Community Education in Victorian Alloa

William Milne's House
William Milne’s house: In Victorian Alloa, William Milne was a well-known tutor for the blind, teaching moon system, braille and distributing blind-friendly literature across the community. A prominent man, almost forgotten by time. Alloa had many interesting characters serving the community in the 19th Century. If it wasn’t for our National Archives, they would disappear without trace…

Alloa to Dunfermline

Old Railway Signal Box
Formerly the Alloa – Dunfermline railway, this track is now National Cycle Route 764. The signal box is one of a few monuments to the Victorian era.