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Mercat Cross, Old Town, Galashiels

A Category C Listed Building in Galashiels, Scottish Borders

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.6129 / 55°36'46"N

Longitude: -2.8069 / 2°48'24"W

OS Eastings: 349271

OS Northings: 635774

OS Grid: NT492357

Mapcode National: GBR 83VJ.3R

Mapcode Global: WH7WN.V5KX

Plus Code: 9C7VJ57V+56

Entry Name: Mercat Cross, Old Town, Galashiels

Listing Name: Scott Crescent, Mercat Cross

Listing Date: 12 March 1971

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 373361

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB31972

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Galashiels

County: Scottish Borders

Town: Galashiels

Electoral Ward: Galashiels and District

Traditional County: Selkirkshire

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Description

Dated 1695, restored 1887 and 1987. Corniced octagonal red sandstone shaft capped with squared ball finial sundial with wrought iron dated flag on 3-stage stepped and shouldered base plinth. 1930s bronze plaques by George Hope Tait.

Statement of Interest

The mercat cross has a strong historical significance to old Galashiels, prominently sited on the corner of Scott Crescent and Elm Row at the centre of the Old Town alongside the Tollbooth (demolished 1880). Although altered, it maintains an important historical link with the old town and the adjacent Old Cloth hall, the few remaining structures to the area which was comprehensively redeveloped in the 1960s.

The cross was re-erected on the stepped base in 1887 as part of a restoration scheme. Further works were carried out in 1987, involving stone replacement; part of the original shaft of the cross is now sited in the museum of Old Gala House. As a result of the later works the cross is now sited on a traffic island on a busy crossroads.

Category changed from B to C(S) 2006.

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