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.
The story of the Mantle Walls project is a testament to the determination of members of the local community and those who would become the founding members of Ancrum and District Heritage Society. The work put in resulted in a vast amount of research, a geophysical survey carried out by Glasgow University in 2011. The results from this led to a trial dig of three trenches on site by Glasgow University in November 2012.
However, it was in 2019 that Ancrum and District Heritage Society led a new community heritage project focused on understanding the rich history and archaeology at Mantle Walls. Volunteers were able to engage with the project by participating in excavations, workshops, public talks and event days.
The project was kindly funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Fallago Environment Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Borders Council.