Stow of Wedale


STOW OF WEDALE
Located beside the Gala Water on the A7 road 7 miles (11 km) North of Galashiels or 25 miles (40 km) South of Edinburgh between the Moorfoot and Lammermuir Hills. Formerly one of Scotland's original seats of sanctuary, it is a quiet village which was once linked to St Andrews and was the location of its Bishop's summer residence.  Stow was built around the Church of St Mary which was consecrated in 1242 but there was an earlier church here at Torsonce dating from the 7th century AD.   Our Lady's Well which was used by these early Christians has recently been renovated and can be visited by a pleasant walk along the riverside.  Legend and some historical evidence says that King Arthur fought a bloody battle in the valley of Wedale where the village now lies.
The pack-horse bridge was constructed by public subscription around 1650 with a low parapet to allow burdened horses to cross in safety.  Since it was the lowest bridging point on the Gala Water/Tweed river complex it was this bridge which gave Stow its early prosperity.
In the nineteenth century Stow was important in the woollen and agricultural industries but the decline in both results in Stow being a dormitory village for Edinburgh and the borders towns

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