West Lothian

Lying 1½ miles (2 km) east of Polbeth, Bellsquarry is a former agricultural and quarrying hamlet in West Lothian, which now forms a suburb of the new town of Livingston. The name comes from a nearby limestone quarry that may have been the property of the Bell family who owned the nearby Alderstone Estate in the early 18th C. The Elm Tree Inn was serving stagecoach passengers travelling between Edinburgh and Kilmarnock in the 19th C.. By the early 20th C. there were a few houses, a school (1909) and a smithy. The hamlet later gained a post-office, an inn, a football pitch and a few social houses built by Midlothian County Council. The modern streets are all 'Gardens', named after Scottish castles; namely Balmoral Gardens, Carrock Gardens, Crathes Gardens, Dunvegan Gardens, Pitcaple Gardens, Saltcoats Gardens and Tantallon Gardens. Brucefield Industrial Park now lies immediately to the southwest, while the ancient Bellsquarry Plantation remains to the east.

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