At the end of Channel Street you will find the Post Office
with the Bank of Scotland, dating from 1862 next door. Five
years beforehand, the Bank operated from premises to the west
of the present Post Office.
Gala's first Post Office was located in Elm Row, near the
Mercat Cross. Prior to the opening of that office, all letters
were delivered to Melrose, Selkirk or Stagehall by stage coaches
or via coal and lime transports. The hapless recipient in
Gala would have to journey to one of these places to collect
any letters. After the Elm Row office, the 'Post' moved to
Market Place. It was later located in Bank Street for a short
time. A further move came in 1863 when it relocated to High
Street before an increase in the volume of business led to
the building of the present Post Office in 1894.
Continue on to High Street. As you cross over Sime Place,
look to the right and see the former St Andrew's Kirk. Further
along High Street on the right and set back from the building
line, is St Ninian's Church of Scotland, dating from 1844.
This church, built in a Romanesque style, was enlarged in
1868. The paved area in front was originally enclosed by railings
but these were removed during the Second World War. At the
end of High Street, beside the traffic lights, is the former
Next: Former Co-op Building