Across the Gala Water you can see the Roman Catholic Church
of Our Lady and St Andrew. This church was completed in 1858
and extended in 1870. Inside the church, there is a side altar
which is a memorial to the numerous Polish soldiers stationed
in Galashiels during the Second World War. After the end of
that conflict many chose to stay in the town and become part
of the community.
Taking care, cross the road and walk behind the bus station,
along the side of the Gala Water. Cross the Douglas Bridge
over the water and walk through the shopping precinct to Channel
Street, then turn right.
At the junction of Douglas Bridge and Channel Street on your
right is a large red sandstone building - formerly the Douglas
Hotel. This has recently been converted into private flats.
Channel Street was resurfaced and paved by Scottish Borders
Council in 1998 with grant aid from the European Union. From
here to the western end of Channel Street was once called
Tannage Street. The tannery which was located at the end of
Channel Street needed a constant supply of water. After passing
through the works, the water (known locally as the Tanny Burn)
was allowed to run into a channel, hence the name of the street.
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