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The Gardener's Cottage Revealed
During July a community excavation was organised by our Countryside Ranger, Jennifer Davidson and Murray Cook, Stirling Council's Archaeologist. Together with volunteers they spent four days working on an area of ground where it was known that a cottage had existed and believed to have been demolished in the 1960's. They uncovered most of the foundations which have been left exposed and it is planned to return to the lodge during 2013 to expose the rest of the building and to start to look at other buildings round the estate to recover.
Social History of Plean
Plean is known as one of the three eastern villages. Originally there were two distinct settlements, the Old Village which is situated to the east of Plean House and appears on the OS Plan of 1860, and the mining village of East Plean which grew up from the late 19th century about half a mile to the north. By the late 20th century the two had merged to form Plean.
Since June 2010 the Friends Group together with Jennifer Davidson the park's Ranger have hosted a number of walks which a variety of people have attended and provided lots of valuable information and a wonderful insight into life both in the estate and in the village during the mining years. These walks were led by Matt Benians, Landscape Architect of TGP Landscape Architects who were commissioned by Stirling Council to prepare a Masterplan for Plean Country Park. Together with the vast amount of information provided as part of this plan we have been able to build up a social history of Plean Estate and Plean Village. The memories of those who took part in the walks are particularly important as they are just that, memories, and are now on record for others to read. These anecdotes will in time appear in a series of articles on our website.