Friday, July 20, 2018

Coldstream



Coldstream
Coldstream is a small town nestling on the banks of the River Tweed, which forms the border with England. Due to its border location Scotland was invaded at Coldstream by Edward I in 1296. It is also the home of the Coldstream Guards, originating in Coldstream in 1650.

Coldstream
                    
Coldstream stretches along the banks of the River Tweed , with picturesque riverside walks. The A687 crosses the river into England via the 18th century Coldstream Bridge. 



River Tweed




River Tweed

Coldstream Bridge
Coldstream Bridge was built in the 18th century. It was originally a toll bridge and the toll house became famous for many runaway marriages. In 1826 its function as a toll bridge ceased but the bridge continues to carry traffic across the English-Scottish border.

Coldstream Bridge

Majorbanks Monument
The monument to Charles Majorbanks is situated near the Coldstream Bridge and is easily visible. Charles Majorbanks was the Liberal MP for Berwickshire from 1832 - 1833 and is buried in the town.

Majorbanks Monument

The Hirsel Estate
The Hirsel Estate is situated on the A698  leaving the town heading west towards Kelso. It is home to  The Hirsel, a stately home that has been the seat of the Earls of Home since 1611, including Sir Alec Douglas-Home, the former British Prime Minister.  The surrounding lake and woodland are open to the public and many relaxing hours can be spent wandering the woodlands, visiting the museums and craft workshops followed by a visit to the excellent tea room.





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