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About Plains

Plains, North Lanarkshire

 

Plains /ˈplnz/ is a village outside the town of Airdrie, in North LanarkshireScotland, about 14 miles east of Glasgow city centre and 32 miles west of Edinburgh. The nearest major towns are Airdrie (2.5 miles) and Coatbridge (5 miles).

 

 

 

Aerial photograph of Plains (2003)

 

Etymology

 

 

The origin of the name "Plains" is unknown. One suggestion is that the name derives (via the plural of Plain) from the view afforded to the Cistercian Monks of Newbattle Abbey as they travelled to what is now the site of the village. These monks farmed the wider area for grain in what became known as Monklands. But the geography of the area runs contrary to this idea. Alternatively, the name may be a contraction of "The Plains of Waterloo" - a name given by a returning soldier from the Napoleonic wars. Either way, it is not uncommon for locals to refer to the village as "The Plains".

Somewhat mistakenly, locals (and predominantly Standard Grade Spanish students), have referred to the village as Las Vegas; however, this is an incorrect translation of the Spanish, in which the literal translation of the Nevada gambling town is The Meadows. For those who grew up in the new housing (to the North) of the late 1960s, this alternative translation would have equal merit looking from Craiglea Terrace, west towards The Quarryacross the cattle fields. It is not clear, however, which of these two settlements was established first. Locals do concede, however, that within the two, gambling is probably more difficult in the village after the Ladbrokes bookies was closed some time in the 1990s.

There is no known association to any other place called Plains. But in 1976, newly elected US President Jimmy Carter (of Plains, Georgia) received a congratulatory telegram from Plains newsagent - also J. Carter. Thus the family "the Carters of Plains" were featured in the Scottish nationaltabloid, The Daily Record. There is no known connection between later American presidents and the village.

 


 

Geography

The Plains is situated on the gentle south facing slope of the valley of the North Calder Water, which is a tributary of the River Clyde. To the north of the settlement runs a series of unclassified roads known to older residents as The Backies. Opencast mining in the 1970s and 1980s took away much of the natural beauty within this network of roads which since has further been eroded with the advent of a landfill site.

The Main Street (the A89) runs in a straight line for about 1 mile east to west. Almost all of the residential housing of the village lies on the northern side of Main St., forming a roughly square shape (1 mile each side). To the south of Main St., the valley drops more steeply down to the North Calder, then steeply up the other side, which is home to the parkland Easter Moffat golf course. This course is widely appreciated for the picturesque 18th hole, which tees from the lower reaches of Annieshill to the charming clubhouse.

The Plains lies at around 500 ft above sea level. From the nearby Airdriehill Farm, there is a wide vista to the west across the urbanised lower Clyde valley. Beyond, on a clear day, it is possible to see Ben Lomond and the Isle of Arran. Airdriehill was the source of endless excitement to village children in the 1970s with loud explosions cascading across the village as quarriers pursued the rich seam of hard rock available there.Graffiti at the west site entrance, pointing to the existence of a nuclear bunker at this now exhausted site, has never been substantiated.

To the south-east of The Plains, the land rises to almost 1000 feet – the highest land in the narrow isthmus across central Scotland - Scotland's "Continental Divide". Consequently, the area was chosen as the location for Scotland's first television transmitting stations. The Black Hill Transmitter, at 1000 ft tall, is a very prominent local landmark. It began broadcasting independent Scottish Television services in August 1957. Nearby, but not so tall or prominent, is Kirk o'Shotts transmitter mast, which broadcast Scotland's first BBC television signals in March 1952. There is now a second transmitter (completed 2009) which will replace the older one, which itself will be relocated within the Scottish transmitting network.

 

 

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plains,_North_Lanarkshire

 


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