Parish Church of Tweedsmuir,
built of Scottish red sandstone.
|OS grid reference|
|• Edinburgh||32 mi (51 km)|
|• London||308 mi (496 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
Landmarks and features
The Parish Church of Tweedsmuir was built with Scottish red sandstone. There are notable Tweedie gravestones in the parish churchyard.
The Talla Reservoir is nearby. In 1894 the Edinburgh and District Water Trustees decided to build Talla as the new source of water for Edinburgh. The surface and the gradient of the main road were unsuitable for carting the quantities of material that would be needed for the new reservoir, so the Talla Railway was built from Broughton to Talla. While work on the railway and the reservoir was in progress, a large number of workmen lived in Tweedsmuir, dramatically increasing the population.
The valve-closing ceremony was held at Talla on 20 May 1905, and on 28 September, when the reservoir was about two-fifths full, there was an inaugural ceremony. The large company was brought from Edinburgh in two special trains, which were hauled for the last stage of the journey, from Broughton Station, by small service engines on the Talla railway.
Fruid Reservoir is also nearby.
- Scott, Sheila: Tales of Tweedsmuir: glimpses of an Upland Parish in the Past; Biggar, 1995.
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