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Cumbernauld Village

A community with a long history and a thriving present

Cumbernauld Village is a community with a long history and a thriving present. The village dates back to medieval times and probably beyond that to the Roman period. The older part of the village is a designated conservation area and the original medieval layout is still evident. This layout is highly typical of Scottish towns and villages from the middle ages onwards. It includes a linear street running from castle to church with langriggs (long, narrow plots of land) running at right angles to the main street. You can see this clearly today and in this early ordinance survey map of the village.

Later, vennels, wynds and lanes were added of course. In most towns the langriggs were later built upon. This is also true of the village but unusually it still has 15 intact langriggs to the south of the Main Street which are being developed by the community in partnership with the local authority North Lanarkshire Council . The castle is no longer in existence but is still discernible in the landscape. The historic Church is still very much preserved and has a busy Church of Scotland congregation.

The village is close to the Antonine wall and the site of other Roman settlements such as Castlecary and Croy. Also of significance to the village’s history is the historic Cumbernauld House which sits next to the site of the old castle.

Today the community is a busy one with over 50 businesses in the Main Street. The village was significantly expanded in the 1960s when the then Cumbernauld Development Corporation built new housing to the south and north of the conservation area. These were designed to be in keeping with traditional Scottish architectural styles.

In the last five years there has been further housing development at the foot of the wilderness brae.

The village is adjacent to Cumbernauld House Park and close to the historic village of Dullatur. Located in the centre of Scotland, it is within easy commuting distance of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Falkirk.

This website is funded by the Community Council and supported by Cumbernauld Village Action for the Community. It is run by community volunteers and we welcome participation and feedback. You can become involved by contributing to the Cumbernauld Village facebook page, follow us on twitter, or email us at cnauldvac@gmail.com. The Community Council meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in the Village Community Hall in the Wynd. The meetings are friendly and open to all residents. If you live in the Village, keep in touch. If you don’t live here, welcome to our community and we hope you enjoy finding out more about it.