Old Photograph Parish Church Uphall West Lothian Scotland


Old photograph of the Parish church and cemetery in Uphall, West Lothian, Scotland. Uphall was historically known as Wester Strathbrock, with its neighbour Broxburn being Easter Strathbrock. Until the second half of the 19th century, both Uphall and Broxburn were small rural communities. The discovery and exploitation of local oil shale triggered massive growth as many people moved to the area to gain employment in the oil shale mines and associated oil works. Surrounding villages expanded rapidly as rows of miners' cottages were erected to accommodate the influx of people, most of whom came, in search of money, from Ireland and the Highlands of Scotland.



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