Corbiehall and Bo'ness Old Parish Church, Bo'ness

Tom Astbury
Production date
16 Jun 1979
View of a two-storey building in rubble and pantile roof with a forestair to the upper floor. Behind and above is the Old Parish Church.
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Production date
16 Jun 1979
Subject notes
The tenement is late 18th century, the last survivor of several similar buildings. In two-storey houses designed for separate families on each floor, the stair to the first floor was usually built outside the house, partly to save space. This practice ceased in the 19th century.

The church is sited on top of a raised sea-cliff while the tenement is built on a raised beach. The rising of the land relative to the sea has been taking place in Scotland since the land was relieved of the weight of the ice sheet at the end of the last Ice Age. It is called isostatic uplift.
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