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Shedden Park Gates
Around the Town
Surrounding the Square there are an excellent mixture of styles of shopfront - most being in keeping. Most of the buildings are three storey, some with crow-step gables, reminiscent of the Low Countries.
Being a town of trades and selling throughout its history, it is little wonder that the street names allude to that. Woodmarket, Coalmarket, Peat Wynd, Horsemarket, Oven Wynd, Mill Wynd, Distillery Lane all give obvious clues to the past. Drying House Lane, however, may give a false clue. Most drying areas were for linen, but this one was for tobacco, locally grown. The increasing cost of importing the leaf from the West Indies led to a local interest in growing and processing it.
The word 'Inch' meaning a piece of land surrounded by water or marsh, and the 'mire' being the marsh give rise to other local names. 'Croft' and 'Toft' for land attached to a house give us others.
With the growth of a richer middle class in the 18th and 19th centuries, the more stately houses were built outside the town centre with its overcrowded tenements. Roxburgh Street, Bowmont Street, Shedden Park Road, Edenside Road and Forestfield contain most of these houses. Shedden Park was donated to the town by Mrs Robertson of Ednam House to honour her nephew, Robert Shedden. It is the home of Kelso Cricket Club and Kelso Ladies Hockey Club.
In the twentieth century, industry changed, from a mainly agricultural, service based one, to knitwear and electronics. The industrial estate was built at Pinnaclehill to the south of the town, and businesses moved from the cramped town centre sites to the new, more roomy ones. This has allowed redevelopment of parts of the town, particularly next to Kelso Bridge where new housing has been built on the site of the old coachworks and garage.
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