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North Lanarkshire

North Lanarkshire is in Scotland. It has a population of around 337,000 and covers approximately 46,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: East Dunbartonshire, Falkirk, Glasgow City, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Lothian.

North Lanarkshire (called Siorrachd Lannraig a Tuath in Scottish Gaelic) has a border with Glasgow and many of the cities workers live in the county areas towns and villages. The largest town in North Lanarkshire is Cumbernauld, which was developed as a new town during the 1950s and used during the 1980s as the location for the film Gregorys Girl. The land on which the town stands has evidence of human habitation dating back to Roman times, when the nearby Antonine Wall was the northern most border of the Roman Empire. Cumbernauld Village grew during subsequent centuries and the architecture of its old buildings are distinct from the new town. Cumbernauld House was designed by the Scottish architect William Adam during the 18th century and built on land where the medieval Castle once stood. Located in the town library, the local museum has exhibits including paintings and photographs which reflect the history of the area and Cumbernauld Theatre runs a programme of performing arts including drama, dance, comedy and music.

Among the most popular attractions in North Lanarkshire is Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, which is located in the town of Coatbridge. Between the 1830s and 1920s, Summerlee was an ironworks and following closure it was demolished in the 1930s, though remains of some structures such as the blast furnaces can be seen today. The museum was opened in the 1980s and since then has been developed to include a mine, tramway, railway, canal and miners cottages. There are also interactive displays designed to help visitors learn more about the areas industrial heritage. Nearby Drumpellier Country Park has a landscape of woodlands, heathland, grassland and two lochs, which are home to a variety of wildlife. The park attracts people who come to enjoy the open spaces and activities such as walking and boating. The North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre is in the town of Motherwell and houses a searchable archive including photographs, newspapers and a range of documents from the past few centuries to the present day. The centre has run exhibitions including contemporary arts and crafts, artefacts from local history and exhibits from national collections. From a viewing platform on the 5th floor there are views of the local area.