Friday, August 03, 2018

Ladykirk

Ladykirk Village


Ladykirk is a small village on the B6470 in the Scottish Borders. It is close to the village of Horndean and is connected to the Northumberland village of Norham by the Ladykirk and Norham Bridge spanning the River Tweed. Ladykirk was formerly known as Upsettlington but was renamed by King James IV.

Ladykirk Church
Ladykirk church stands directly opposite Norham Castle separated by the River Tweed and a piece of land known as Upsettlington Green and Holywell Haugh.  This land was used for meetings during the wars of Scottish Independence. In 1497 during an attack on Norham Castle King James IV established his headquarters at Upsettlington and played cards with the Spanish Ambassador. Although the siege was abandoned,  soon after James decided to build a new church at Upsettlington, known as Our Lady Kirk of Steill. The church became an important meeting place and in 1559 the Treaty of Upsettlington was concluded in the church before being exchanged at the church in Norham.


Kadykirk Church

Ladykirk and Norham Bridge
The Ladykirk and Norham Bridge straddles the border over the River Tweed  linking the villages of Ladykirk and Norham.  The impressive stone bridge was completed in 1887 and replaces an earlier timber bridge linking the two villages.


Ladykirk and Norham Bridge




Approaching the Bridge from Ladykirk


Ladykirk House
Ladykirk House is situated in extensive grounds and gardens backing onto the River Tweed. The house was built in the 20th century and replaces the original 18th century mansion that was demolished in the 1960's. The original house was built in 1797 and was owned by the Robertson family.

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