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Leitholm, Eccles and Birgham

Still await TEXT from Eccles (have photos).
Leitholm is a small Berwickshire village situated on the fertile farming ground of the Merse.   The population of the village numbers about 230.   Some of the inhabitants work locally, some commute within the Borders, Edinburgh and Newcastle areas.   The village is supplied with natural gas.   It has a garage and hotel with a cosy child friendly pub called The Plough (01890840252) - proprietor is Joan Pitman.  

Charterhall aerodrome is located nearby.   This WW2 drome is used for some of "The Jim Clark Rally" stages which are also held on some of the small roads around Leitholm.   Some evidence shows that habitation can be traced back to the 16th century as a nearby Peel Tower would testify.   Visible remains of a Roman Fort at Belchesteer indicate an early settlement.
Birgham is situated between Coldstream (3 1/2 miles) and Kelso (5 1/2 miles) on a ridge to the north of the River  Tweed.    A long established settlement (current population about 170}, which was the scene of a treaty between the Scots and the English in 1690.   It has recently expanded with a significant number of detached houses in a variety of styles.

The unspoiled and peaceful countryside around Birgham is of natural fertility and is intensively farmed.   The views southwards to the Cheviot Hills are striking.   Fishing in the Tweed adjoining Birgham , which includes the famous Dub Port, attracts the enthusiasts from all over the British Isles.   All of these factors, together with the unusually dry climate, make Birgham an attractive place to live.   However, in common with other communities which have an  ageing population, Birgham suffers from a lack of local amenitiess and from poor employment prospects.   The village has a playpark and a small village hall, a pub (currently being renovated} and a cemetery, but it has no school, no shop or post office and no church.  Public transport is limited.

Please email any information, pictures etc on Eccles to:
or post to:
Lorna Shand
TD13 5XD

Eccles - need more information.
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