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.
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Former Co-op Building