Ancrum has borne witness to Prehistoric ceremonies, Iron age fortifications, Roman infantries, Anglo-Saxon warriors, Medieval pageantry, Border Reivers, Georgian carriages and Victorian farmhands. All of Scottish and European history and society has made the village a site of continual occupation for over 4,000 years.
Some of the work of Ancrum and District Heritage Society includes raising awareness of the antiquities and traditions of the area. To this end we have been carrying out archaeological excavations, preserving and recording structures, archiving documents and images, researching oral and written evidence all contributing to a greater understanding and knowledge of our community’s collective past.
This work is all carried out voluntarily by a committed group of local folk, keen to bring all this cultural wealth to the attention of others. It’s interesting, fascinating, perplexing, gory, unjust, curious, political, enlightening and ultimately revealing.
Here's a list of local sites of historic interest. A hard copy and map is available in the local shop.
If you know of any sites we have not included please get in touch email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Visiting Sites Around Ancrum
The current coronavirus pandemic is a difficult and anxious time for the public and land managers and we can all play a part in the important action needed to keep ourselves and other people healthy and safe. A statement by Scottish Ministers sets out what exercising rights of access responsibly means during the COVID-19 emergency.
Staying active and connecting with nature on a regular basis is very important for everyone’s health and well-being. Current Government rules allow people to take one outing for exercise per day – walking, running or cycling, either alone or with members of the same household.
Rights of responsible access to most land in Scotland, including paths, continue to apply. It is important to emphasise that, as always, these rights depend on responsible behaviour, both by the public and land managers. This is particularly important at this time when many people are using new and unfamiliar local areas for daily outdoor exercise. This is also an important time of year for farmers and other land managers, in particular, because lambing is taking place and many fields will contain young livestock and newly planted crops. It is therefore essential to comply with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
Advice to the public
When visiting the outdoors during the coronavirus outbreak, you must follow this guidance:
§ stay local - please do not travel in your car to take exercise; please make use of the paths, open spaces and quiet roads in your local area;
§ maintain social distancing – stay at least 2m away from other people – including people who are working in the outdoors – and try to avoid popular paths or places at busy times. Be prepared to slow down or stop if needed to help maintain the necessary distance from others. If you meet other people on a narrow path, pass quickly but courteously and try to leave as much space as possible;
§ avoid touching surfaces like gates as much as possible – try to plan a route that does not require you to open gates. Wash your hands or gloves as soon as you get home.
§ if you have a dog, keep it on a lead or close at heel on farmland. Scottish Government guidance for owners of companion animals and livestock indicates that dogs from self-isolating households should be kept on a lead at all times, avoiding contact with other people and animals. If threatened by cattle, release your dog and take the shortest route out of the field;
§ avoid fields with young calves or lambs - go into a neighbouring field or onto adjacent land;
§ avoid fields with growing crops unless there is a clear path or field margin (remember that newly planted crops may not yet be obvious);
§ remember that Government rules specifically allow exercise rather than activities such as sunbathing or picnicking.
The police have a responsibility to enforce the special measures in respect to essential travel and social distancing and have powers to warn and fine people who are not following them.
As well as the special measures outlined above, you must continue to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
§ take away all your litter;
§ leave gates as you find them;
§ respect the interests of farmers and others working the land – please follow all reasonable requests and signs that ask you to avoid places such as farmyards, fields with pregnant or young livestock, and other busy working areas.
If you have a dog:
§ do not allow your dog to approach animals or people uninvited (in open country, it may not be obvious when animals are around).
§ where possible avoid animals - release your dog if threatened by cattle.
§ always keep your dog in sight and under control – if in doubt use a lead;
§ pick up and remove all waste.
In the circumstances we kindly encourage individuals to suspend metal detecting activities in the coming months to protect Scotland’s cultural heritage and to minimise impact when normal service is resumed.
If you have found an object of archaeological or historical significance by chance, please continue to report the find via e-mail (email@example.com) with images and find spots.