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Former Co-op Building (13)

The Co-operative Society in Galashiels was founded in 1839. Their first 'store' was located in Overhaugh Street (between Bank Street & Channel Street) and opened in 1842. An increase in trade meant that a new building was required. In 1886, property on the corner of High Street and Roxburgh Street was purchased and new premises built. This red sandstone building was completed in 1888 at a cost of 13,000. The Co-op left for its new site at Paton Street in 1984 and the building was converted into flats and offices. The roof-line is interesting and the corner with its turret provides a dramatic end to High Street. The square turret nearest the town centre originally had a domed cupola but this was later removed.

Diagonally opposite the former Co-op building is the Bridge Inn. This was one of Gala's coaching inns before the arrival of the railway in 1849 and a ballroom was one of its facilities.

From the former Co-op, turn left up Roxburgh Street. On the building which faces you on the right you will find a memorial to George Meikle Kemp who was the architect of the Scott Monument in Edinburgh and he served his apprenticeship here. Further up the street, on the left (opposite the ambulance station) is Botany Lane, at the end of which you will find the Glasite Chapel. Please note that care should be taken when entering the lane as it is used constantly by vehicles.

Next: Glasite Chapel

Former Co-op Building
Historical Background
Where to Start
(1) Scott Park
(2) Old Gala House
(3) Old Parish & St Paul's Church
(4a) The Tolbooth and Cloth Hall
(4b) The Mercat Cross
(5) Tea Street
(6) Old Burial Ground
(7) St Peter's Episcopal Church & School
(8) Burgh Buildings
(9) Public Library
(10) Market Square
(11) Church of Our Lady & St Andrew
(12) Post Office
(13) Former Co-op Building
(14) Glasite Chapel
(15) Burgh School
(16) Bank Street Gardens
(17) Volunteer Hall
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