Perth and Kinross

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A village in central Perth and Kinross, situated between the River Almond and the Pow Water 5 miles (8 km) west of Perth. A Collegiate Church, of which only a fragment remains, was founded here in 1433 by Walter Stewart, Earl of Atholl, and in the churchyard is a magnificent mausoleum built in the form of a Greek temple to a design by James Playfair in 1793. Nearby is the restored Methven Castle where Margaret, widow of King James IV, died in 1540.

The village, which largely comprises a single main street, developed as a centre for flax production in the 18th Century and with the manufacture of jute and linen, and as a railway junction, in the 19th Century. The historic core of the settlement is focused on a market square and is surrounded by post-war housing. Today, the village benefits from a primary school, post office, health centre, pharmacy, a community centre and village hall, together with a public park with and a bowling club. There is a shop, cafe and restaurant.

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