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A £48k heritage project to mark the famous Carron foundry is now complete following the easing of lockdown.

The Foundry Fortunes Heritage Trail, which was planned to be installed in March, is made up of a series of six large coin monuments which depict the different elements and processes associated with the foundry.

The large coins are made of stainless steel, mounted on granite boulders, situated along one of the heritage trails in Larbert and Stenhousemuir. The trail takes in the sights of the Carron Dams, the Lido (Crownest Park), South Broomage and Larbert Old Parish Church.

The project was brought to life by community artists NADFLY, who specialise in placemaking, wayfinding and engagement through art.

Historical significance

The Carron Company foundry, which was located on the banks of the River Carron from 1759, played a pivotal role in the First Industrial Revolution of the United Kingdom in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Of particular historical significance is the Carronade, a short-range naval cannon developed by the foundry. The Carronade saw action all over the world aboard Royal Navy ships from the 1770s to the 1850s.

Carron heritage trail coin

Pictured: The artworks mark of the Carron foundry's rich history

Councillor Robert Spears, spokesperson for Tourism, Leisure and Culture said: “Community artists, NADFLY, were appointed to devise a concept that would both celebrate our local heritage and also encourage exploration of the local heritage trails.

“The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the project’s completion date by over four months but thanks to the commitment of all those involved it is now complete for all to explore our local heritage.”

The project was funded by Paths for All, Falkirk Council, Historic Environment Support Fund from Historic Environment Scotland and Heritage Lottery Fund. The project’s aim is to celebrate local heritage and encourage people to explore their local area by walking, scooting or cycling. 

In addition to the monuments a booklet will be made available to residents to provide a short history of the area, information relating to the new monuments and a map.