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is one of Scotland's most historic towns. The Romans built a fort
here as part of the Antonine frontier and the present parish
church is only the latest in a long line of church buildings
dating back to the 7th century or earlier. The fertile lands of
the carse of Falkirk as well as the celebrated cattle trysts and
unrivalled skill in ironfounding brought great prosperity to the
area, especially in the 19th and early 20th centuries and as a
result the town has many handsome Victorian and Edwardian public
buildings. Now the visitor or interested Falkirk 'bairn' can
discover something of the town's history by following a new
heritage trail linking 25 sites of interest near the town centre.
has a plaque with details of the location and its historical
importance. While the plaques are not numbered and can of course
be visited in any order, this guide suggests two short tours each
starting at the town's historic steeple. One consists of 14 sites
and covers the area to the west of the centre while the second has
11 and takes the visitor towards the east end. Although the first
tour has more sites to visit it is slightly shorter in distance.
There are of course many interesting buildings on the route which
do not have plaques and visitors are recommended to look out for
the many architectural gems which grace the town streets and wynds.
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