After the Reformation, the nave of the cathedral was abandoned and soon became roofless and used for burials. The nave was re-roofed and the cathedral provided with new furnishings by Robert Rowand Anderson between 18.During the boom years of the Hydropathy movement in the 19th century, Dunblane was the location of a successful hydropathic establishment (see photo below).) is a town in the council area of Stirling in central Scotland.
The earliest spellings of the name Dunblane are of the form Dul Blaan, the first element being a Pictish word for 'water meadow, haugh' which was borrowed into Gaelic.
There are parallels to Dul Blaan in such Scottish place-names as Dalserf, Dalmarnock and Dalpatrick, all of which commemorate saints.
as well as a local Co-op (opened after the Marks and Spencer).
Among other shops, the High Street has two independent butchers and branches of the Bank of Scotland and Royal Bank of Scotland.
Though still used as a parish church, the building is in the care of Historic Scotland.
To the south of the cathedral are some stone vaults of medieval origin, which are the only remaining fragment of the bishop's palace.
Since the early 1970s the town has grown extensively and is now regarded as a highly sought-after commuter town due to its excellent road and rail links and good schools.
Dunblane is close to the University of Stirling's campus at Bridge of Allan, and is a popular location for academics.
Adjacent to the cathedral, Scottish Churches House was (from the 1960s until its closure in 2011) a centre for ecumenical study and the former headquarters for Action of Churches Together in Scotland.
The old town centre retains a number of historic buildings in addition to the cathedral, including the 17th century Leighton Library, the oldest private library in Scotland open to the public (on selected days in summer).
The A9 formerly went through the centre of Dunblane, but a bypass was completed in 1991 and the old road became the B8033.