Shorts – Old Drawbridge Galashiels

This strange looking drawbridge spanned the Tweed near Galashiels from around the 12th century to approximately the 16th century.

The bridge was one of very few bridges on the Tweed at this time and as such played a strategic role in a lot of events, including the battle on Skirmish Hill and supposedly even the carriage of heavy artillery to Flodden.

Sir Walter Scott wrote about the bridge and it played a part in his novels The Monastery and the Abbot.

Try as I have over the years I have still not managed to find any structural evidence on the ground or in the river…

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