As a community group, Ancrum & District Heritage Society have set out three main projects that we think require further research, conservation and promotion. These include:
The Mantle (or Malton) Walls site at the foot of Ancrum Village
The Hogback Stone of Ancrum Kirk
Old Ancrum Bridge at Cleikemin
We are also planning joining together with other organisations in linking a pathway around the borders. We've put a working title of The Bishops Way for this project.
Projects and research currently being undertaken by ADHS include :
• excavations at the Bishop’s Palace
• preservation of the Hogback Stone
• visitor interpretation around the village
• aerial mapping of the village and environs
• literature survey of Battle of Ancrum
If you have any old photographs, information, curios, documents or archaeological finds that you think might be of interest to the community bring them along to one of our Society evenings. Contact us via email. You never know - perhaps that old image, lump of stone or piece of pottery might be a missing link in piecing together a forgotten past.
Nestled in a bend in the Ale water lies an enigmatic site. Long suspected to be the location of a residence belonging to one of the Medieval Bishops of Glasgow, and used by Alexander II for the signing of important documents. The Mantle Walls has captivated the interest of local residents for decades.
Hog Back Stone
In 2017 ADHS initiated an ongoing effort to raise funds to restore and conserve the Hogback Stone. On the 3rd August 2018 stage one began in the rescue of the stone. John Laidlaw and Sons Ltd lifted the stone very carefully and smoothly from its resting place for conservation.
Two years ago, Judith Coulson brought an extract of the Minutes of the Council of the Royal Burgh of Jedburgh to our attention. She though it would be worth investigation. Another of our members took some ariel pictures of the bridge into the Teviot and saw the remains of an even older bridge underneath the toll booth. Desk-based research and ground-truthing followed with more photographs taken. Dendrochronology of timbers. It was decided a site plan must be made of the features beneath the toll bridge.